oracle

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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.

Synonyms[edit]

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

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Verb[edit]

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin oraculum.

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Noun[edit]

oracle m (plural oracles)

  1. oracle

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin ōrāculum.

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Noun[edit]

oracle m (plural oracles)

  1. oracle

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French oracle, from Latin ōrāculum.

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Noun[edit]

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.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: oracle
  • Scots: oracle

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