American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reveal by divine inspiration.
- v. To predict with certainty as if by divine inspiration. See Synonyms at foretell.
- v. To prefigure; foreshow.
- v. To reveal the will or message of God.
- v. To predict the future as if by divine inspiration.
- v. To speak as a prophet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To predict; foretell; foreshow. See prophet.
- To speak by divine inspiration; utter or tell as prophet.
- To utter predictions; foretell future events.
- To interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; preach; exhort.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To foretell; to predict; to prognosticate.
- v. To foreshow; to herald; to prefigure.
- v. To utter predictions; to make declaration of events to come.
- v. To give instruction in religious matters; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to preach; to exhort; to expound.
- v. predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
- v. deliver a sermon
- Partly from prophecy, and partly from Middle French prophecier, prophesier, from prophecie ("prophecy"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English prophecien, from Old French prophecier, from prophecie, prophecy; see prophecy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term prophesy, in this instance, must be restricted to the use of psalmody, because exposition or exhortation in public was not permitted to the women, who were not allowed to speak or even to ask a question in a place of worship.”
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“And, "Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy; your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions": 149 where again, the word prophesy is expounded by dream and vision.”
“Some such convulsion as geologists declare has already frequently befallen our earth; and, as they prophesy, is shortly coming again.”
“As he bore it patiently, and did not answer, they doubtless supposed they had discovered another reason to think he was an impostor; The word prophesy does not mean only to foretell future events -- although that is the proper meaning of the word; but also to declare anything that is unknown, or anything which cannot be known by natural knowledge, or without revelation.”
“And, "Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy; your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions": (47) where again, the word prophesy is expounded by dream and vision.”
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