If a fortune teller made a prophecy that you were going to become a billionaire in your lifetime, you'd be pretty excited. A prophecy is a prediction, or a magical look into the future.

The noun prophecy means a magical foreknowledge, although it can also be used in a playful way to describe an ordinary guess or prediction about the future. So you could say, "Her prophecy for the weather next week is incredibly depressing." The word comes from the Greek prophetia — literally, "gift of interpreting the will of the gods". The verb form is prophesy, or predict, and it's spelled with an s instead of a c.

Definitions of prophecy

n a prediction uttered under divine inspiration

a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible
Type of:
forecasting, foretelling, prediction, prognostication
a statement made about the future

n knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)

prognostication, vaticination
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crystal gazing
staring into a crystal ball to arouse visions of future or distant events
divination, foretelling, fortune telling, soothsaying
the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
divination by means of numbers
dowse, dowsing, rhabdomancy
searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
divination by means of signs connected with the earth (as points taken at random or the arrangement of particles thrown down at random or from the configuration of a region and its relation to another)
divination by water (as by patterns seen in the ebb and flow of the tides)
divination by means of stones or stone talismans
conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
divination through the interpretation of dreams
divination by the letters of a name
chirology, chiromancy, palm reading, palmistry
telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand
divination by fire or flames
Type of:
anticipation, prediction, prevision
the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)

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