the foretelling or prediction of what is to come.
something that is declared by a prophet, especially a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation.
a divinely inspired utterance or revelation: oracular prophecies.
the action, function, or faculty of a prophet.
Considering the close relationship between the words, it is not surprising that they are easily confused; in particular, it is not unusual to see the noun written with an s, just as was often done before the 18th century. We may even prophesy that, over time, the form will once again become a completely acceptable spelling for the noun. But until then, careful writers and speakers maintain the conventional and long-established distinction between the two words in both spelling and pronunciation. Similarly, the verb "prophesize" (or "prophecize")—resulting from confusion between prophesy and verbs ending in -ize like proselytize and prioritize —is regarded as nonstandard. When you make a prophecy (sounds like see ), you are prophesying (sounds like sighing ).
- prophecy , prophesy (see confusables note at the current entry)
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How to use prophecy in a sentence
Many of Q’s prophecies had been kicked down the road to the inauguration.
QAnon’s followers have faced failed prophecies before, but last week appeared to be the movement’s most severe breaking point.
At some point, it merely becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy to examine these questions.‘These are not crazy people’: GOP defends its voter-fraud push, ignoring obvious perils | Aaron Blake | December 16, 2020 | Washington Post
He’s not playing to fulfill a prophecy whispered to him since he was a teenager.Giannis Antetokounmpo’s patience is a gift to Milwaukee. Don’t blow it, Bucks. | Jerry Brewer | December 16, 2020 | Washington Post
We cannot afford for the next generation of climate justice leaders’ dread to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.Generation Z is ‘traumatized’ by climate change—and they’re the key to fighting it | matthewheimer | August 19, 2020 | Fortune
“Instead of me fulfilling my prophecy,” he said, “I have to start one,” and that was a lot of pressure.
His prophecy kicked off a vertiginous frenzy of doomsaying, and he was thrown in jail by fearful Bolognese officials.
It was a self-fulfilling prophecy, a feedback loop of rational and irrational fears.
NB: prophecy is the key source of mystery and danger in our books.Historical Fiction: A Conversation Between Bruce Holsinger and Nancy Bilyeau | Nancy Bilyeau, Bruce Holsinger | March 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Prime Minister shut it down with a biblical prophecy, first spoken in English then in Hebrew.
That the whole people will, in gospel times, be united in such a relation the voice of prophecy would seem to indicate.
A prophecy of the desolation of Moab for their pride: but their captivity shall at last be released.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
From the use of a term employed in prophecy in reference to the waters of the sea, this, moreover, appears.
The whole adult population of the United States are witnesses of the fulfillment of this prophecy.Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
prophecy declares, indeed, the purposes of God, but specially the carrying of them into effect in individual cases.
British Dictionary definitions for prophecy
a message of divine truth revealing God's will
the act of uttering such a message
a prediction or guess
the function, activity, or charismatic endowment of a prophet or prophets
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