oracle

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French oracle.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

oracle (plural oracles)

  1. A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity.
    • Milton
      The oracles are dumb; / No voice or hideous hum / Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
  2. A person such as a priest through whom the deity is supposed to respond with prophecy or advice.
  3. A prophetic response, often enigmatic or allegorical, so given.
    • Drayton
      Whatso'er she saith, for oracles must stand.
  4. A person considered to be a source of wisdom.
    a literary oracle
    • Macaulay
      The country rectors [] thought him an oracle on points of learning.
    • Tennyson
      oracles of mode
  5. A wise sentence or decision of great authority.
  6. One who communicates a divine command; an angel; a prophet.
    • Milton
      God hath now sent his living oracle / Into the world to teach his final will.
  7. (computing theory) A theoretical entity capable of answering some collection of questions.
  8. (Jewish antiquity) The sanctuary, or most holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bible, 1 Kings vi. 19 to this entry?)
    • Milton
      Siloa's brook, that flow'd / Fast by the oracle of God.

Derived termsEdit

SynonymsEdit

  • (priest acting as conduit of prophecy): prophet
  • (person who is a source of wisdom): expert

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VerbEdit

oracle (third-person singular simple present oracles, present participle oracling, simple past and past participle oracled)

  1. (obsolete) To utter oracles or prophecies.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin oraculum.

NounEdit

oracle m (plural oracles)

  1. oracle

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Last modified on 2 April 2014, at 22:49