What does prophecy mean?

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ˈprɒf ə siprophe·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prophecy, prognostication, vaticinationnoun

    knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)

  2. prophecy, divinationnoun

    a prediction uttered under divine inspiration


  1. prophecynoun

    A prediction, especially one made by a prophet or under divine inspiration.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prophecynoun

    A declaration of something to come; prediction.

    Etymology: πϱοφητία; prophetic, Fr.

    He hearkens after prophecies and dreams. William Shakespeare.

    Poets may boast
    Their work shall with the world remain;
    Both bound together, live or die,
    The verses and the prophecy. Edmund Waller.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prophecynoun

    a declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a prediction; esp., an inspired foretelling

  2. Prophecynoun

    a book of prophecies; a history; as, the prophecy of Ahijah

  3. Prophecynoun

    public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation or instruction

  4. Etymology: [OE. prophecie, OF. profecie, F. prophtie, L. prophetia, fr. Gr. , fr. to be an interpreter of the gods, to prophesy, fr. prophet. See Prophet.]


  1. Prophecy

    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

  1. Prophecy

    prof′e-si, n. a prediction: public interpretation of Scripture: instruction: (B.) a book of prophecies. [O. Fr. prophecie—L. prophetīa—Gr. prophēteiaprophētēs.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Prophecy

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prophecy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prophecy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of prophecy in a Sentence

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    To realize that prophecy in the people is like fruit in the tree is to know the unity of life.

  2. Deshawn Yeldell:

    If people don’t respect you Enough to give you natural respect for your achievements without you begging for their support, truth is they don’t respect your talent they respect your clout therefore you will be begging for their respect and support forever, and then you are left to finesse people creating two broken sides of untruthfulness, let love come naturally and God shall bless thy gifts one has inherited in life..... A prophecy has spoken. -MillYentei

  3. Ted Callahan:

    Obviously, you have practical concerns, as far as how close they can get, how accurate their fire will be, the rate of fire they can lay down on the city, but then, you have the potential for panic to take root. And that has almost become a self-fulfilling prophecy in a lot of cities in the north, where people just assume it is going to be overrun, they panic, they leave.

  4. James Allen:

    Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.

  5. Ray Duncan:

    When the Demostenes started to make wine in 1972, they had the next use permit in sequential order from Silver Oak, like Dad would say, ‘It’s the Celestine Prophecy.’ It was meant to be.

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