from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inspired utterance of a prophet, viewed as a revelation of divine will.
- n. A prediction of the future, made under divine inspiration.
- n. Such an inspired message or prediction transmitted orally or in writing.
- n. The vocation or condition of a prophet.
- n. A prediction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A prediction, especially one made by a prophet or under divine inspiration.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a prediction; esp., an inspired foretelling.
- n. A book of prophecies; a history.
- n. Public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation or instruction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Inspired discourse; specifically, in Christian theol., discourse flowing from the revelation and impulse of the Holy Spirit.
- n. A prediction; declaration of something to come; especially, a foretelling under divine inspiration.
- n. Interpretation of Scripture; religious exhortation or instruction.
- n. In liturgics: A lection from the Old Testament, especially a eucharistic or missal lection; also, a lection in the Mozarabic daily office, and in the Greek Church at sabbath vespers on certain festivals.
- n. The canticle Benedictus (Luke i. 68-79) as sung in the Gallican liturgy, afterward displaced by the Gloria in Excelsis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
- n. knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
Middle English prophecie, from Old French, from Latin prophētīa, from Greek prophēteia, from prophētēs, prophet; see prophet.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English prophecie, from Old French prophetie, from Latin prophētīa, from Ancient Greek προφητεία (prophēteia, "prophecy"), from προφήτης (prophētēs, "speaker of a god"), from πρό (pro, "before") + φημί (phēmi, "I tell") (Wiktionary)