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EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English oracle, from Old French oracle, from Latin ōrāculum.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɔɹəkəl/, /ˈɒɹəkəl/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: auricle

NounEdit

oracle (plural oracles)

  1. A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity.
  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.
  4. A person considered to be a source of wisdom.
    a literary oracle
  5. A wise sentence or decision of great authority.
  6. One who communicates a divine command; an angel; a prophet.
  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.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Siloa's brook, that flow'd / Fast by the oracle of God.
    • Bible, 1 Kings 6:19, King James Version:
      And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for oracle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin oraculum.

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NounEdit

oracle m (plural oracles)

  1. oracle

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin ōrāculum.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

oracle m (plural oracles)

  1. oracle

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Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French oracle, from Latin ōrāculum.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

oracle (plural oracles)

  1. (Late Middle English) A shrine where hidden religious knowledge is imparted.
  2. (Late Middle English, rare) A heavenly or godly message.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: oracle
  • Scots: oracle

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