prophesy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prophesy deliver a sermon "The minister is not preaching this Sunday"
    • v prophesy predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prophesy To foreshow; to herald; to prefigure. "Methought thy very gait did prophesy A royal nobleness; I must embrace thee."
    • Prophesy To foretell; to predict; to prognosticate. "He doth not prophesy good concerning me.""Then I perceive that will be verified
      Henry the Fifth did sometime prophesy ."
    • Prophesy To give instruction in religious matters; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to preach; to exhort; to expound.
    • Prophesy To utter predictions; to make declaration of events to come.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prophesy To predict; foretell; foreshow. See prophet.
    • prophesy To speak by divine inspiration; utter or tell as prophet.
    • prophesy To utter predictions; foretell future events.
    • prophesy To interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; preach; exhort.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prophesy prof′e-sī to foretell: to predict
    • v.i Prophesy (B.) to exhort: to expound religious subjects
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Quotations

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    “Winner expects to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophesy.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “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.”
  • Josh Billings
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    “Don't ever prophesy; for if you prophesy wrong, nobody will forget it; and if you prophesy right, nobody will remember it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Prophecy

Usage

In literature:

It prophesies the eternal growth of the spirit.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
What Ezekiel had prophesied came true.
"Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks" by Charles Felton Pidgin
What kind of famine is prophesied to come upon them in 8:11 and 12?
"A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible" by Frank Nelson Palmer
This man of God was prophesied of by Saint Patrick, fifty years before his birth.
"The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran" by Anonymous
Then, suddenly, there came a touch of softer air and the weather-wise began to prophesy.
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
I prophesy that his life will be a short one.
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie
They prophesied of Christ, and in Christ their prophecy has its fulfilment.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Later the prophesied event occurred.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
It was also his nature never to forgive any one for succeeding in an undertaking which he himself had prophesied would fail.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
It was preceded by certain portents and the solemn verses of the Sibyl which had prophesied the disaster to them so many years before.
"Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Cassius Dio
I prophesy that she'll prove an attraction.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
The druids and the magicians were also wont to come to prophesy to them.
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
What do you prophesy as to Mr.
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
It had come at last, this long-prophesied reign of Apollo and the Muses, of freedom and the rights of man.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, October, 1864" by Various
Then the spirit of Jehovah will come suddenly upon you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be changed into another man.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
We do not prophesy just when or how the people will triumph.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
Monks and nuns who prophesy are not of that rareness.
"Romola" by George Eliot
SIR JOHN PYNSENT PROPHESIES.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
After she had returned to her senses, she prophesied to the sick person what would happen to him.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
Impatient souls who had prophesied how the millions would spring to arms overnight wondered at the failure to commit a miracle.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
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In poetry:

Then all my thoughts began to wander out
To meet the march of Time,
With all his triumph poets rave about
And prophesy in rhyme.
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
For ages on our river borders,
These tassels in their tawny bloom,
And willowy studs of downy silver,
Have prophesied of Spring to come.
"The First Flowers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The sun is bright, -- the air is clear,
The darting swallows soar and sing,
And from the stately elms I hear
The blue-bird prophesying Spring.
"It Is Not Always May" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Dives' door, with thoughtful eye,
He did tomorrow prophesy: —
"The Kingdom's gate is low and small;
The rich can scarce wedge through at all."
"Comrade Jesus" by Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn
"And if Bones plagues him anyhow -
Squeaking and all the rest of it,
As he was doing here just now -
I prophesy there'll be a row,
And Tibbs will have the best of it!"
"Phantasmagoria Canto VII ( Sad Souvenaunce )" by Lewis Carroll
"Oh fools!" said He, "ought Christ not to have died?
Foretold of yore, and by Him prophesied."
Then Moses and the Prophets He reveal'd,
Which to their eyelids heretofore were seal'd.
"Paraphrase, Luke XXIV" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

The focus of much of the Catholic right's doomsday prophesying about Barack Obama, a.k.a.
Many Western thinkers prophesied that religion wouldn't survive into the third millennium.
CTW Transport upgrades to Prophesy dispatching.
Floral delivery company makes efficiency bloom via Prophesy Dispatch.
Prophesy Transportation Solutions Inc (an Accellos division), announced that its Prophesy Dispatch transportation management system is fully compatible with ALK Technologies' newly released PC*Miler Version 25.
Prophesy Transportation Solutions Inc, an Accellos company, has released a case study of its customer Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company.
When I was young in the Lord, I always hoped the pastor would have a prophetic word for me in the prayer line or that the visiting prophet would call me out of the congregation and prophesy over me.
A hacker attack that leads to planes dropping from the sky is the stuff of every cyberwar doomsday prophesy.
The Prophesy division of Accellos has partnered with Eleos to incorporate mobile scanning within Prophesy Dispatch solutions.
Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela made his Texas debut in Fort Worth, where he played his horn and prophesied freedom.
From prophesies predicting the end of the world, to crazed leaders instructing their followers to commit cold-blooded murder, cults have long been a disturbing part of criminal and religious history.
Though only a teenager, he shows great promise of becoming a powerful sorcerer, perhaps even the prophesied "Anointed One," but it seems the entire wizardly community is aligned against him.
Maybe you've seen billboards in your area, suggesting that May 21, 2011, will mark the biblically prophesied Day of Judgment.
Exit polls show that pragmatism, not hysterical prophesies, drove voters' decision-making.
Here's another attempt at prophesy before September 11.
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In science:

Before we roll a (classical) dice, we can only foresee that the probability for each face to come up is 1/6 (this is a classical probabilistic prophesy, quantum ones will be treated in Subsection VIII.C) but, of course, we cannot say which is the face that will come up.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
We must explain why this evolution probabilities −→ f acts (or if you prefer prophesy → history ) occurs towards the future and not the toward the past. i.-The dice is laying on the table at time −T and we know exactly which one of its faces is up.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
Now we understand why classical probabilities (prophesy) always comes before than classical facts (history).
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
He often prophesied the future development for years ahead.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
As Sakharov prophesied, the interplay of CP- and baryon-number-violating interactions, in a period far from thermal equilibrium, could have led to a universal baryon asymmetry; that is, to baryon and antibaryon densities satisfying nB − n ¯B > 0 everywhere.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe
He also prophesied the possibility of a simpler way of handling these functions than differentiable ones.
Holder exponents of irregular signals and local fractional derivatives
The name, especially the adjective ‘statistical’, is admittedly sibylline, but it rightly prophesies a connexion with probability theory.
Conjectures and questions in convex geometry (of interest for quantum theory and other physical statistical theories)
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