prophecy, prognostication, vaticination(noun)
knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
A prediction, especially one made by a prophet or under divine inspiration.
a declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a prediction; esp., an inspired foretelling
a book of prophecies; a history; as, the prophecy of Ahijah
public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation or instruction
Origin: [OE. prophecie, OF. profecie, F. prophtie, L. prophetia, fr. Gr. , fr. to be an interpreter of the gods, to prophesy, fr. prophet. See Prophet.]
Prophecy is a process in which one or more messages that have been communicated to a prophet are then communicated to others. Such messages typically involve divine inspiration, interpretation, or revelation of conditioned events to come as well as testimonies or repeated revelations that the world is divine. The process of prophecy especially involves reciprocal communication of the prophet with the source of the messages. Throughout history, clairvoyance has commonly been used and associated with prophecy. Various concepts of prophecy are found throughout all of the world's religions and cults. To a certain degree prophecy can be an integral concept within any religion or cult. The term has found deep usage in the Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha'i and Mormonism along with many others.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prof′e-si, n. a prediction: public interpretation of Scripture: instruction: (B.) a book of prophecies. [O. Fr. prophecie—L. prophetīa—Gr. prophēteia—prophētēs.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
properly not a forecasting of particular events and the succession of them, but so far as it refers to the future at all is an insight into the course of things in the time to come from insight into the course of them in days gone by or now, and that is believed to be the character of Hebrew prophecy, founded on faith in the immutability of the divine order of things.
The numerical value of prophecy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of prophecy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
Aging well can certainly become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
To realize that prophecy in the people is like fruit in the tree is to know the unity of life.
Every year, if not every day, we have to wager our salvation upon some prophecy based upon imperfect knowledge.
They also then have multiple examples to share with people as to why others should also believe in the prophecy.
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Translations for prophecy
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- profeciaCatalan, Valencian
- spådom, profetiDanish
- prófécia, jóslatHungarian
- kupu whakaariMāori
- proroctwo, przepowiedniaPolish
- предсказание, пророчествоRussian
- proročánstvo, pròroštvoSerbo-Croatian
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