Oracle
Oracle Or"a*cle, n. [F., fr. L. oraculum, fr. orare to speak, utter, pray, fr. os, oris, mouth. See {Oral}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The answer of a god, or some person reputed to be a god, to an inquiry respecting some affair or future event, as the success of an enterprise or battle. [1913 Webster]

Whatso'er she saith, for oracles must stand. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: The deity who was supposed to give the answer; also, the place where it was given. [1913 Webster]

The oracles are dumb; No voice or hideous hum Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. The communications, revelations, or messages delivered by God to the prophets; also, the entire sacred Scriptures -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

The first principles of the oracles of God. --Heb. v. 12. [1913 Webster]

4. (Jewish Antiq.) The sanctuary, or Most Holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself. --1 Kings vi. 19. [1913 Webster]

Siloa's brook, that flow'd Fast by the oracle of God. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. One who communicates an oracle[1] or divine command; an angel; a prophet. [1913 Webster]

God hath now sent his living oracle Into the world to teach his final will. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

6. Any person reputed uncommonly wise; one whose decisions are regarded as of great authority; as, a literary oracle. ``Oracles of mode.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The country rectors . . . thought him an oracle on points of learning. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

7. A wise pronouncement or decision considered as of great authority. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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