Meaning of PROPHECY in English


/ ˈprɒfəsi; NAmE ˈprɑːf-/ noun ( pl. -ies )


[ C ] a statement that sth will happen in the future, especially one made by sb with religious or magic powers :

to fulfil a prophecy (= make it come true)


[ U ] ( formal ) the power of being able to say what will happen in the future :

She was believed to have the gift of prophecy.



Middle English : from Old French profecie , via late Latin from Greek prophēteia , from prophētēs spokesman, from pro before + phētēs speaker (from phēnai speak).

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