oracle

[awr-uh-kuhl, or-]
noun
1.
(especially in ancient Greece) an utterance, often ambiguous or obscure, given by a priest or priestess at a shrine as the response of a god to an inquiry.
2.
the agency or medium giving such responses.
3.
a shrine or place at which such responses were given: the oracle of Apollo at Delphi.
4.
a person who delivers authoritative, wise, or highly regarded and influential pronouncements.
5.
a divine communication or revelation.
6.
any person or thing serving as an agency of divine communication.
7.
any utterance made or received as authoritative, extremely wise, or infallible.
8.
oracles, the Scriptures.
9.
the holy of holies of the Temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem. I Kings 6:16, 19–23.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Latin ōrāculum, equivalent to ōrā(re) to plead (see oration) + -culum -cle2

auricle, oracle.
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oracle (ˈɒrəkəl)
 
n
1.  a prophecy, often obscure or allegorical, revealed through the medium of a priest or priestess at the shrine of a god
2.  a shrine at which an oracular god is consulted
3.  an agency through which a prophecy is transmitted
4.  any person or thing believed to indicate future action with infallible authority
5.  a statement believed to be infallible and authoritative
6.  Bible
 a.  a message from God
 b.  the holy of holies in the Israelite temple
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin ōrāculum, from ōrāre to request]

oracles (ˈɒrəkəlz)
 
pl n
another term for Scripture

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Word Origin & History

oracle
late 14c., "a message from a god, expressed by divine inspiration," from O.Fr. oracle (12c.), from L. oraculum "divine announcement, oracle," from orare "pray, plead" (see orator), with material instrumental suffix -culo-. In antiquity, "the agency or medium of a god," also
"the place where such divine utterances were given." This sense is attested in English from c.1400.
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Oracle definition


In the Old Testament used in every case, except 2 Sam. 16:23, to denote the most holy place in the temple (1 Kings 6:5, 19-23; 8:6). In 2 Sam. 16:23 it means the Word of God. A man inquired "at the oracle of God" by means of the Urim and Thummim in the breastplate on the high priest's ephod. In the New Testament it is used only in the plural, and always denotes the Word of God (Rom. 3:2; Heb. 5:12, etc.). The Scriptures are called "living oracles" (comp. Heb. 4:12) because of their quickening power (Acts 7:38).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Sometimes the figures also were used as oracles or to reinforce the status of important elders.
Lizard fins double as mountains, flowers as oracles, beast attire as staring eyelets.
Another railroad scheme is in the air, and the oracles are discussing its pros aud cons.
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