[syn: prophecy, divination]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
1. A declaration of something to come; a foretelling; a
prediction; esp., an inspired foretelling.
He hearkens after prophecies and dreams. --Shak.
Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man.
--2. Pet. i.
2. (Script.) A book of prophecies; a history; as, the
prophecy of Ahijah. --2 Chron. ix. 29.
3. Public interpretation of Scripture; preaching; exhortation
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
80 Moby Thesaurus words for "prophecy":
actuarial prediction, afflatus, aftertime, afteryears, apocalypse,
augury, by-and-by, cast, course ahead, crystal ball, determinism,
direct communication, distant future, divination,
divine inspiration, divine revelation, epiphany, eventuality,
expectation, foreboding, forecast, forecasting, foreshowing,
foresight, foretelling, forward look, future, future tense,
futurism, futurity, guesswork, hereafter, immediate future,
immediate prospect, imminence, improbability, inspiration,
mystical experience, mysticism, near future, offing, omen, oracle,
outlook, posteriority, prediction, prefiguration, prefigurement,
prefiguring, presage, presaging, presentiment, preshowing,
presignifying, prognosis, prognostication, project, promise,
prophesying, prospect, prospectus, revelation, soothsay,
soothsaying, speculation, statistical prediction, the future,
the morrow, the sweet by-and-by, theophania, theophany,
theopneustia, theopneusty, time ahead, time just ahead,
time to come, tomorrow, vaticination, vision, weird