• WordNet 3.6
    • n prophecy knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
    • n prophecy a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prophecy (Script) A book of prophecies; a history; as, the prophecy of Ahijah.
    • Prophecy A declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a prediction; esp., an inspired foretelling. "He hearkens after prophecies and dreams.""Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man."
    • Prophecy Public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation or instruction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prophecy Inspired discourse; specifically, in Christian theol., discourse flowing from the revelation and impulse of the Holy Spirit.
    • n prophecy A prediction; declaration of something to come; especially, a foretelling under divine inspiration.
    • n prophecy Interpretation of Scripture; religious exhortation or instruction.
    • n prophecy 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 prophecy The canticle Benedictus (Luke i. 68-79) as sung in the Gallican liturgy, afterward displaced by the Gloria in Excelsis. Synonyms Divination, etc. See prediction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prophecy prof′e-si a prediction: public interpretation of Scripture: instruction:
    • n Prophecy prof′e-si (B.) a book of prophecies.
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  • Brian Tracy
    “Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.”
  • Alphonse De Lamartine
    “Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “The difference between heresy and prophecy is often one of sequence. Heresy often turns out to have been prophecy -- when properly aged.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Prophecy: The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.”
  • George Eliot
    “Prophecy is the most gratuitous form of error.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. prophecie, OF. profecie, F. prophétie, L. prophetia, fr. Gr. , fr. to be an interpreter of the gods, to prophesy, fr. prophet. See Prophet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. prophecie—L. prophetīa—Gr. prophēteiaprophētēs.


In literature:

The Lord's Supper as a prophecy of the family at home above.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
It may be mentioned that the fact of this prophecy, and its literal fulfilment, is a part of French history.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
From the use of a term employed in prophecy in reference to the waters of the sea, this, moreover, appears.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
Abe will never make a soldier or handle armies much, after all yer prophecies.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
It is often she threw the cups and gave out prophecies the same as Columcille.
"The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays" by William B. Yeats
Fate's prophecy is fulfilled; you call the man an ox and an ass.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
The girl seemed to be speaking prophecy.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
Hence Sparta may be considered a prophecy of the redemption of Ithaca.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
And prophecies cannot be evaded.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
Prophecies referring to the Jews are numerous and in striking contrast to those that refer to Israel.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild

In poetry:

Knowing not the Father
What their prophecies!
Grapes of such none gather,
Only thorns and lies.
"False Prophets" by George MacDonald
O POET rare and old!
Thy words are prophecies;
Forward the age of gold,
The new Saturnian lies.
"Astraea" by John Greenleaf Whittier
With joyful pride her heart is high:
Her humble house doth hold
The man her nation's prophecy
Long ages hath foretold!
"Martha" by George MacDonald
"Well—there is rest there,
So fast come thy prophecy;
The time when my sunny hair
Shall with grass roots entwined be."
"Warning And Reply" by Emily Jane Bronte
And yet, I have such vast desires,
Such thirst for some great destiny,
That all the poet's weaker fires
Burn into prophecies for thee.
"A Valentine" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Thou heard’st the angel’s prophecy,—
The tidings which the shepherds brought,—
Anna and Simeon praising God,—
And saw’st that star the Wise Men sought!
"To The Virgin Mary" by Mary Hannay Foott

In news:

"You know, they don't eat chicken in Iceland," one scientist tells another in Judith Virta's Sheol Has Opened , a SciFi mashup of Mayan, biblical, and other end-of-the-world prophecies.
She attended the Twilleytown Church of God of Prophecy.
Connelly enlisted the help of pro-tour record holder Jamie Beauchesne when designing the Prophecy , which offers a deep-riding, solid feel as it slices through glam or challenging conditions.
We need to test all prophecies and bring correction when needed.
12 Things To Know About The 2012 Prophecy .
Her uncle sees it as prophetic , but any true capacity for " prophecy " is viewed skeptically by some, and anxiously by others.
Belief About Memory Ability Becomes Self-fulfilling Prophecy .
Miley Cyrus's Punk Haircut Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy .
The pastor and congregation of The Church of God of Prophecy , located at 43 Gilmore St in Elkins, will celebrate 60 years of ministry on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
FLDS leader Warren Jeffs is making doomsday prophecies from his jail cell and giving his polygamy sect instructions for the end of the world.
Earthquake Prophecy Puts Rome On Edge.
We know that there were many prophets in ancient Israel who genuinely spoke for God, even though their prophecies are not recorded in the Old Testament.
That's the entire collection of verses where Matthew refers to Old Testament prophecies being fulfilled.
HAMILTON – On Sunday at 1 pm, join Osubi Craig & the Prophecy Music Project on the Village Green in Hamilton exploring the traditional music and dance of West Africa.
In recent years, stories about Bible prophecies and ancient predictions have become headline news.

In science:

We show below that this extreme behaviors results from a self-fulfilling prophecy, enabled through social interactions.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Due to this positive feedback loop, a small predictive success of some agents can trigger an avalanche of self-fulfilling prophecies, leading to price dynamics completely unrelated to the news and to large price deviations from the assets to its equilibrium value.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Even though from the first prophecy on the existence of generalized unicorns several years already passed, as far as we know, there is no proof or paper to confirm and develop further Bryant’s affirmations.
On the existence of Generalized Unicorns on Surfaces
This section and the following one are motivated by Bryant’s prophecy on the existence of generalized unicorns that we mentioned already in Introduction.
On the existence of Generalized Unicorns on Surfaces
In their paper , Masiero and Yanagida have suggested that real CP violation might provide an avenue to solving the strong CP problem; as a matter of fact, a realization of this prophecy had already been provided in my paper .
Real CP violation in a simple extension of the standard model