Origin: OE. Prophecie, OF. Profecie, F. Prophetie, L. Prophetia, fr. Gr, fr. To be an interpreter of the gods, to prophesy, fr. Prophet. See Prophet.

1. A declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a prediction; especially, an inspired foretelling. "He hearkens after prophecies and dreams." (Shak) "Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man." (2. Pet. I. 21)

2. A book of prophecies; a history; as, the prophecy of Ahijah.

3. Public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation or instruction.

(01 Mar 1998)

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