Definitions for ORACLEˈɔr ə kəl, ˈɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•a•cleˈɔr ə kəl, ˈɒr-(n.)

  1. (esp. in the ancient world) a shrine at which inquiries are made of a particular deity through a means of divination. the agency by which the inquiry is answered, as a priest or priestess. the typically terse, ambiguous response of the deity.

    Category: Antiquities

  2. a person who delivers authoritative and usu. influential pronouncements.

  3. any utterance regarded as authoritative, unquestionably wise, or infallible.

  4. the holy of holies of the Temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem. I Kings 6:16, 19–23.

    Category: Bible

Origin of oracle:

1350–1400; ME < OF < L ōrāculum divine utterance <ōrā(re) to supplicate, pray to

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prophet, prophesier, oracle, seer, vaticinator(noun)

    an authoritative person who divines the future

  2. oracle(noun)

    a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible

  3. oracle(noun)

    a shrine where an oracular god is consulted

Wiktionary

  1. oracle(Noun)

    A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity.

  2. oracle(Noun)

    A person such as a priest through whom the deity is supposed to respond with prophecy or advice.

  3. oracle(Noun)

    A prophetic response, often enigmatic or allegorical, so given.

  4. oracle(Noun)

    A person considered to be a source of wisdom.

  5. oracle(Noun)

    A theoretical entity capable of answering some collection of questions.

  6. Oracle(ProperNoun)

    A database management system (and its associated software) developed by the Oracle Corporation

  7. Origin: From oracle.

Freebase

  1. Oracle

    In Classical Antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to interface wise counsel or prophetic predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods. As such it is a form of divination. The word oracle comes from the Latin verb ōrāre "to speak" and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction. In extended use, oracle may also refer to the site of the oracle, and to the oracular utterances themselves, called khrēsmoi in Greek. Oracles were thought to be portals through which the gods spoke directly to people. In this sense they were different from seers who interpreted signs sent by the gods through bird signs, animal entrails, and other various methods. The most important oracles of Greek antiquity were Pythia, priestess to Apollo at Delphi, and the oracle of Dione and Zeus at Dodona in Epirus. Other temples of Apollo were located at Didyma on the coast of Asia Minor, at Corinth and Bassae in the Peloponnese, and at the islands of Delos and Aegina in the Aegean Sea. The Sibylline Oracles are a collection of oracular utterances written in Greek hexameters ascribed to the Sibyls, prophetesses who uttered divine revelations in a frenzied state.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

oracle(noun)

a very knowledgeable person

I don't know the answer to this problem, so I'd better go and ask the oracle.

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