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prophesy

[prof-uh-sahy] /ˈprɒf əˌsaɪ/
verb (used with object), prophesied, prophesying.
1.
to foretell or predict.
2.
to indicate beforehand.
3.
to declare or foretell by or as if by divine inspiration.
4.
to utter in prophecy or as a prophet.
verb (used without object), prophesied, prophesying.
5.
to make predictions.
6.
to make inspired declarations of what is to come.
7.
to speak as a mediator between God and humankind or in God's stead.
8.
Archaic. to teach religious subjects.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; v. use of variant of prophecy (fully distinguished in form and meaning in the 18th century)
Related forms
prophesiable, adjective
prophesier, noun
unprophesied, adjective
Can be confused
prophecy, prophesy.
Synonyms
1. augur, prognosticate. See predict. 3. divine.
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  • We have become rather accustomed of late to critical laments prophesying the novel's imminent demise.
  • He said that the scripture quotes of the earlier speaker were prophesying falsely.
  • Visionaries and utopians have been prophesying its development even longer.
  • So it is, and so it has been throughout the history of our judicial system, because sometimes prophesying is necessary.
British Dictionary definitions for prophesying

prophesy

/ˈprɒfɪˌsaɪ/
verb -sies, -sying, -sied
1.
to reveal or foretell (something, esp a future event) by or as if by divine inspiration
2.
(intransitive) (archaic) to give instruction in religious subjects
Derived Forms
prophesiable, adjective
prophesier, noun
Word Origin
C14 prophecien, from prophecy
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Word Origin and History for prophesying

prophesy

v.

mid-14c., prophecein, prophesein, from Old French prophecier (13c.), from prophecie (see prophecy). The noun and verb spellings were not fully differentiated until 18c. Related: Prophesied; prophesying.

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