Definition of prophecy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpräfəsē/

noun (plural prophecies)

1A prediction: a bleak prophecy of war and ruin
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  • Who's making bold prophecies for the future of online retail?
  • It tells her prophecies and predictions, and sometimes she can speak to the deceased with it.
  • This was predicted in many prophecies, old and recent, throughout the world.
prediction, forecast, prognostication, prognosis, divination, augury
1.1The faculty, function, or practice of prophesying: the gift of prophecy
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  • Humans do not have the gift of prophecy, nor do we always have the most accurate knowledge.
  • There was an explosion of oral communication in story, preaching, teaching, worship, prophecy, and so on.
  • His views on the nature of prophecy were unpopular among religious scholars.
divination, fortune-telling, crystal-gazing, prediction, second sight, prognostication, augury, soothsaying


To avoid a common usage mistake, note the spelling and pronunciation differences between prophecy (the noun) and prophesy (the verb).


Middle English: from Old French profecie, via late Latin from Greek prophēteia, from prophētēs (see prophet).

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Syllabification: proph·e·cy

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