- 1A priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity.More example sentences
- Her priests and oracles are all being kept in the tower.
- Here, finally, we come to the heart of the difference between the oracles of the pagan Greeks of the classical period and the revelations of the prophets of the People of the Book.
- In the trial of Socrates, as described by Plato, the oracle at Delphi proclaimed that there is no one wiser than Socrates.
- 1.1A place at which divine advice or prophecy was sought.More example sentences
- An oracle is a shrine or temple sanctuary consecrated to the worship and consultation of a prophetic god.
- Over the portal at the oracle in Delphi, Apollo's temple, there were two sayings - ‘Know thyself’ and ‘Nothing too much’.
- He is represented with a bow, and is linked to the laurel tree, the leaves of which were used by his priestess at the oracle of Delphi.
- 1.2A person or thing regarded as an infallible authority or guide on something: casting the attorney general as the oracle for and guardian of the public interest is simply impossibleMore example sentences
- Alternately, I might just do whatever it told me to do, perhaps on the grounds that, since an infallible oracle has told me that I will do this, I should resign myself to the inevitable.
- The oracle who is always consulted and cited on this subject is the celebrated Montesquieu.
- My friendly handyman said no problem with that either, agreed on a price for both and said he'd probably be over on Tuesday but he'd phone and confirm that once he'd consulted his oracle, namely his work book.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin oraculum, from orare 'speak'.