verb (-sied; -sying) Etymology: Middle English prophesien, from Anglo-French *prophecier, from Old French, from prophecie Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to utter by or as if by divine inspiration 2. to predict with assurance or on the basis of mystic knowledge 3. prefigure intransitive verb 1. to speak as if divinely inspired 2. to give instruction in religious matters ; preach 3. to make a prediction Synonyms: see foretellprophesier noun

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  • Prophesy — Proph e*sy, v. i. [1913 Webster] 1. To utter predictions; to make declaration of events to come. Matt. xv. 7. [1913 Webster] 2. To give instruction in religious matters; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to preach; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • prophesy — (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. prophecier (mid 13c.), from prophecie (see PROPHECY (Cf. prophecy)). Related: Prophesied; prophesying …   Etymology dictionary

  • prophesy — predict, forecast, *foretell, prognosticate, augur, presage, portend, forebode Analogous words: *foresee, foreknow, divine, apprehend, anticipate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prophesy — [v] predict, warn adumbrate, augur, call*, call the turn*, crystal ball*, divine, forecast, foresee, foretell, forewarn, have a hunch*, make book*, portend, predict, presage, prognosticate, psych it out*, see coming*, soothsay, vaticinate;… …   New thesaurus

  • prophesy — ► VERB (prophesies, prophesied) 1) predict. 2) speak or write by divine inspiration …   English terms dictionary

  • prophesy — [präf′ə sī΄] vt. prophesied, prophesying [ME prophecien < MFr prophecier < prophecie: see PROPHECY] 1. to declare or predict (something) by or as by the influence of divine guidance 2. to predict (a future event) in any way 3. Rare to… …   English World dictionary

  • prophesy — [ prɒfɪsʌɪ] verb (prophesies, prophesying, prophesied) 1》 predict. 2》 speak or write by divine inspiration. Derivatives prophesier noun Origin ME: from OFr. profecier, from profecie (see prophecy); the different spel …   English new terms dictionary

  • prophesy — v. 1) (K) no one could prophesy your becoming governor 2) (L) I prophesied that she would succeed * * * [ prɒfɪsaɪ] (K) no one could prophesy your becoming governor (L) I prophesyied that she would succeed …   Combinatory dictionary

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