• synonyms


See more synonyms for prophesy on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), proph·e·sied, proph·e·sy·ing.
  1. to foretell or predict.
  2. to indicate beforehand.
  3. to declare or foretell by or as if by divine inspiration.
  4. to utter in prophecy or as a prophet.
Show More
verb (used without object), proph·e·sied, proph·e·sy·ing.
  1. to make predictions.
  2. to make inspired declarations of what is to come.
  3. to speak as a mediator between God and humankind or in God's stead.
  4. Archaic. to teach religious subjects.
Show More

Origin of prophesy

1350–1400; Middle English; v. use of variant of prophecy (fully distinguished in form and meaning in the 18th century)
Related formsproph·e·si·a·ble, adjectiveproph·e·si·er, nounun·proph·e·sied, adjective
Can be confusedprophecy prophesy

Synonyms for prophesy

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
1. augur, prognosticate. See predict. 3. divine.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for prophesy

foretell, presage, portend, foresee, predict, forewarn, adumbrate, forecast, vaticinate, call, augur, prognosticate, divine, soothsay

British Dictionary definitions for prophesy


verb -sies, -sying or -sied
  1. to reveal or foretell (something, esp a future event) by or as if by divine inspiration
  2. (intr) archaic to give instruction in religious subjects
Show More
Derived Formsprophesiable, adjectiveprophesier, noun

Word Origin for prophesy

C14 prophecien, from prophecy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for prophesy


mid-14c., prophecein, prophesein, from Old French prophecier (13c.), from prophecie (see prophecy). The noun and verb spellings were not fully differentiated until 18c. Related: Prophesied; prophesying.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper