Definitions for: Prophecy


[n] knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
[n] a prediction uttered under divine inspiration



Webster (1913) Definition: Proph"e*cy, n.; pl. Prophecies, [OE. prophecie, OF.
profecie, F. proph['e]tie, L. prophetia, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to
be an interpreter of the gods, to prophesy, fr. ? prophet.
See Prophet.]
1. A declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a
prediction; esp., an inspired foretelling.

He hearkens after prophecies and dreams. --Shak.

Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man.
--2. Pet. i.
21.

2. (Script.) A book of prophecies; a history; as, the
prophecy of Ahijah. --2 Chron. ix. 29.

3. Public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation
or instruction.

Synonyms: divination, prognostication, vaticination

See Also: anticipation, crystal gazing, divination, forecasting, foretelling, foretelling, fortune telling, oracle, prediction, prediction, prevision, prognostication, soothsaying

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