Definition of prophecy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfəsi//
    (pl. prophecies)
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  1. 1[countable] a statement that something will happen in the future, especially one made by somebody with religious or magic powers to fulfil a prophecy (= make it come true)
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the power of being able to say what will happen in the future She was believed to have the gift of prophecy.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French profecie, via late Latin from Greek prophēteia, from prophētēs ‘spokesman’, from pro ‘before’ + phētēs ‘speaker’ (from phēnai ‘speak’).Extra examples The poem contains a bleak prophecy of war and ruin. low expectations that become a self-fulfilling prophecy Macbeth believed the witches’ prophecy about his future.
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