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From Old French oracle.



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.
    • Milton:
      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.

Derived terms[edit]


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


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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.





From Latin oraculum.


oracle m ‎(plural oracles)

  1. oracle


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