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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
self-fulfilling prophecy
▪ It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: expect things to go wrong, and they probably will.
▪ This refrain is a conflation of two verses from the classic period of Old Testament prophecy in Isaiah 11 and Habakkuk 2.
▪ It was intended, quite flamboyantly, to fulfil Old Testament prophecy.
▪ It was a jibe that nearly became a prophecy, though Cambridge were left with more of a one-horse race.
▪ It turns confusion into curiosity and stops myths from becoming self-fulfilling prophecies.
▪ I say this whether or not it is entirely true because I suspect my words can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
▪ These labels can become self-fulfilling prophecies.
▪ The power that had selected him to fulfil the prophecy.
▪ However, among their ranks it is universally believed that their leader - Rabbi Menachem Schneerson - will fulfil the Messianic prophecy.
▪ I finally encountered the bomb baby, thus fulfilling the ironic prophecy of my dreams.
▪ It was intended, quite flamboyantly, to fulfil Old Testament prophecy.
▪ Increased speed of communication means that people can act much more quickly and can make trends into self-fulfilling prophecies.
▪ They intended to make a prophecy that would be self-fulfilling in its entirety.
▪ Telling me his dream was one thing; making his first prophecy to the King's face was quite another.
▪ I haven't seen it clearly myself, but once, before he was King, I made a prophecy for Arthur.
▪ Amazingly, the manager's prophecy that the team would get into the first division seems to be coming true.
▪ Lij Yasu was never crowned, possibly because he believed a prophecy that if he became king he would die.
▪ the biblical prophecy of a world war
▪ The old woman's prophecies of disaster were soon fulfilled.
▪ Again and again, such prophecies dictate and determine his decisions, his attitudes, his course of action.
▪ Finally, there are the prophecies of Alexander's imminent death which were circulating weeks before his death.
▪ For without the women and their connection to the Earth, who would bring forth the prophecies?
▪ His prophecy was now coming true, perhaps even sooner than he would have dreamed.
▪ She had the gift of prophecy, performed many miracles and is known to have mysteriously supplied food for the convent.
▪ Teiresias, the prophet who had brought so many distressful prophecies to the royal family, came to bring still another.
▪ Usually these reports concentrate on prophecies of a forthcoming Armageddon but many also describe a dire contemporary situation.
▪ When not experiencing visions, ecstasies, or prophecies, he authored Moral Theology and Glories of Ma ry.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Prophecy \Proph"e*cy\, n.; pl. Prophecies, [OE. prophecie, OF. profecie, F. proph['e]tie, 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; esp., an inspired foretelling.

    He hearkens after prophecies and dreams.

    Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man. --

  2. Pet. i. 2

    1. (Script.) A book of prophecies; a history; as, the prophecy of Ahijah.
      --2 Chron. ix. 29.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, prophecie, prophesie, "function of a prophet," from Old French profecie (12c. Modern French prophétie) and directly from Late Latin prophetia (source also of Spanish profecia, Italian profezia), from Greek propheteia "gift of interpreting the will of the gods," from prophetes (see prophet). Meaning "thing spoken or written by a prophet" is from c.1300.


n. A prediction, especially one made by a prophet or under divine inspiration. vb. (dated form of prophesy English)

  1. n. knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source) [syn: prognostication, vaticination]

  2. a prediction uttered under divine inspiration [syn: divination]


Prophecy involves a process in which one or more messages are allegedly communicated to a prophet by God or spirits and often are then communicated to other people. Such messages typically involve inspiration, interpretation, or revelation of events to come (compare divine knowledge). The Hebrew term for prophet Navi literally means "spokesperson", he also speaks to God on behalf of the people. Prophecy is not accessible to the scientific method, therefore it is no object of science.

Prophecy (Soulfly album)

Prophecy is the fourth studio album by the metal band Soulfly and it was released in 2004.

This album is noteworthy for three features — the completely different line-up for the album apart from leader Max Cavalera, the world music influence from a stint that Cavalera spent in Serbia and explicit Spirituality themes on the album. The album has gone on to sell over 275,000 copies.

Prophecy (disambiguation)

Prophecy is a prediction or the disclosure of information that is not known to the prophet by any ordinary means.

Prophecy may also refer to:

Prophecy (Shia Islam)

In Islam, '''prophecy ''' (, nubuwwah) is the principle that God has appointed exemplary individuals, i.e. prophets and messengers to communicate His guidance to humanity. This is one of the five principles of the Twelver Principles of Religion.

According to Henry Corbin, the oldest traditions that form the basis of Islamic prophetology come from the teachings of the Shia Imams, and Shia milieu was propitious for the rise, study and development of this scholastic field.He holds that "divine science" is not an ordinary science, impossible to communicate in the conventional manner, except by a prophet. The circumstances of this communication is the object of Islamic prophetology. According to the Ayatollah Ja'far Sobhani, prophets are the medium for the flow of Divine grace to humans who have been sent down by God since first humans had deserved it until the time of Muhammad prophet of Islam. For guidance of servants of God, prophets should possess some qualities: Wahy ( God's word is delivered by his chosen individuals – known as Messengers prophets – to mankind), Ismah (moral infallibility) and Miracle.

Prophecy (film)

Prophecy is a 1979 American horror film directed by John Frankenheimer and written by David Seltzer. It stars Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire and Armand Assante. Set in the Androscoggin River, the film follows an environmental agent and his wife filing a report on a paper mill in the river, not knowing that the paper mill's waste made a local bear mutated, having the bear turn rampant in the wilderness.

A novelization of the film, written by Seltzer as well, was also published, with the tagline "A Novel of Unrelenting Terror".

Prophecy (Star Trek: Voyager)

__NOTOC__ "Prophecy" is the 160th episode of the TV series Star Trek: Voyager, the 14th episode of the seventh season. The episode deals with Klingon religious beliefs and stem cells.

Prophecy (Remy Zero song)

"Prophecy" is a song by rock band Remy Zero. Taken from their album Villa Elaine, it charted on both the United States Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was featured in the movies She's All That and The Last Kiss. The song featured in Charmed Episode #1.3 "Thank You For Not Morphing".

Prophecy (Mami Kawada song)

"Prophecy" is the eighth single released by the J-pop singer, Mami Kawada, released on November 18, 2009. The title track will be used as the opening theme for Shakugan no Shana S, an OVA of the anime series Shakugan no Shana. Overall, this will be Kawada's fifth tie-in with the said anime series.

The single came in a limited CD+DVD edition (GNCV-0007) and a regular edition (GNCV-0008). The DVD contains the promotional video for "Prophecy".

The single peaked at #34 in the Oricon weeklies charting for only three weeks making this Kawada's least successful single to date.

Prophecy (Capleton album)

Prophecy is reggae, dancehall artist Capleton's fifth studio album. It was released on November 7, 1995. The album features guest appearances from member of the Hip Hop supergroup Wu-tang clan Method Man.

The album was listed in the 1999 book The Rough Guide: Reggae: 100 Essential CDs.

Prophecy (horse)

Prophecy is a thoroughbred racehorse who won the Cheveley Park Stakes in 1993.

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Prophecy (Soulfly song)

"Prophecy" is a song recorded by Soulfly in 2003 and released on February 14, 2004. The song is found on the band's fourth album Prophecy as the first and title track. It is the only single released from the album.

Prophecy (Albert Ayler album)

Prophecy is a live album by American free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler recorded in New York City in 1964 and first released in 1975 on the ESP-Disk label.

Prophecy (manga)

is a Japanese suspense action seinen manga series written and illustrated by Tetsuya Tsutsui.

Prophecy (The Comet Is Coming EP)

Prophecy is the first release from London-based band The Comet Is Coming. It was released by The Leaf Label digitally and as a 12" vinyl EP on 20 November 2015.

Usage examples of "prophecy".

Blanche was due in great measure to the sinister prophecies of the accomplice to whom she had denied the last consolations of religion.

The assurance that the elevation of Constantine was intimately connected with the designs of Providence, instilled into the minds of the Christians two opinions, which, by very different means, assisted the accomplishment of the prophecy.

At the time when this prediction is said to have been delivered, no prophecy could be more distant from its accomplishment, since the first twelve years of Heraclius announced the approaching dissolution of the empire.

Ignoring prophecy, he held that nothing in the Old Testament has any other than a typical or allegorical bearing upon the New Testament.

Switters considered a similar, perhaps synchronous indulgence but decided instead to review the prophecies, about which he maintained, not altogether uncharacteristically, ambivalent feelings.

All-seeing Eye be the centre of many concentric circles, beholding equally in perspective the circumference of each, and for accordance with human periods of time measuring off segments by converging radii: separately marked on each segment of the wheel within wheel, in the way of actual fulfilment, as well as type and antitype, will appear its satisfied word of prophecy, shining onward yet as it becomes more and more final, until time is melted in eternity.

A priest of Assot, God of Music and Prophecy, had long ago declared that the Empire would endure until The Archer turned his bow.

Arthur Johnstone had celebrated in Latin verse, and regarding which Thomas the Rhymer had uttered prophecies, Campbell, unnoticed, followed Miss Bloomer, in the hope that fortune would favour him some day.

But, gentlemen, if this be indeed a prophecy, it should, methinks, bode well for our enterprise.

A Spaniard will rule and ruin Ireland Musha sure these are the prophecies of Saint Columcille.

If, finally, it be asked, how a system professing to be revealed can substantiate its claim, the answer is, by means of the historical evidences, such as miracles and fulfilment of prophecy.

Mahometans and Christians, some obscure prophecies which prognosticated their alternate defeats.

Mopsus, son of Ampycus, with word of prophecy urged them to land and propitiate him with libations.

Noting that he had flaming hair like yours, the Protectress thought him the divine begetter of the prophecy.

Over all the earth at once, now that the roar of the engine had stopped, there was an immense and brooding quietness, a drowsed autumnal fume and warmth, immensely desolate and mournful, holding somehow a tragic prophecy of winter that must come, and death, and yet touched with the lonely, mournful and exultant mystery of the earth.