Definitions

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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • I also avoid the term prophecy, which is often used to describe a claim to be able to see the future.

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  • Indeed, the drift in the meaning of the word prophecy from "preaching" to "prediction" is one way that our understanding of sacred texts in the world has become muddled.

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  • It has never failed to be foretold in prophecy from the beginning of the human race, and we now see the prophecy being fulfilled in all that happens (652).

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  • The Use of the Present and Preterite in prophecy is no proof that the author is later than Isaiah.

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  • Strictly, however, the term prophecy applies as much to outspeaking as to foretelling; and, even in the restricted sense of

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  • Nahum. (3 pages) The subject of this prophecy is the approaching complete and final destruction of Nineveh, the capital of the great and at that time flourishing Assyrian empire.

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  • Socrates Stream of consciousness, which, roughly translated, all knowledge flows through the universe in waves or particles, and those with the gift for interpretation thereof, do so, is an indication and explanation of the how of what we call prophecy; those able to have keen foresight, merely have skills the rest lack.

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  • Could he truly have forgotten that the prophecy is about me?

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  • Anything that they can twist into a prophecy is a thing that they love to pass on.

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  • 'My dear friend,' said she, 'my prophecy is accomplishing – I know I must die.'

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