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Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once defined law as "the prophesies of what courts will do." Maybe Justice Holmes has put his finger on our problem. Today in America, justice may be neutral, but nobody has any idea what a court will do.
Philip K. Howard  --  The Collapse of the Common Good
  predict or reveal — especially through, or as if through, divine inspiration
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prophesy prophesied prophesies prophesying
There is a similar word that is more commonly used and sometimes confused with this word.  While prophesy is a verb, prophecy (spelled with an "c" instead of a "s") is a noun that references the thing prophesied.  The words are pronounced differently.
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  • Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once defined law as "the prophesies of what courts will do." Maybe Justice Holmes has put his finger on our problem. Today in America, justice may be neutral, but nobody has any idea what a court will do.
    Philip K. Howard  --  The Collapse of the Common Good
  • "If he ain’t now, he gonna be," prophesied Little Man, his tiny fists balled for action.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Then came the crash which some people had been quietly prophesying for this successful and talkative man.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • On the crest of a Scottish hill, the night wind of an autumn storm whipping my hair and skirts like the sheets of a banshee, I turned my face to the shadowed skies and prepared to prophesy.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • Through a thousand years I have prophesied that you would be your own deaths.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Anyone seeing Chielo in ordinary life would hardly believe she was the same person who prophesied when the spirit of Agbala was upon her.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • I twigged it, knew it; had had the gift, might readily have prophesied it—for when I clapped my eye upon his skull I saw it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • As the prophesied Messiah, Jesus toppled kings, inspired millions, and founded new philosophies.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • You was a prophesying—that’s what you was doing!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • LE BRET: All that I prophesied: desertion, want!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac

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  • Everything fell out as Mme. Bonacieux prophesied.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • As he had prophesied would be the case, he remained paralyzed in the right arm and the left leg, and had given up all hope of ever enjoying it himself.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • You have crushed your opposition with lies and prophesies of doom.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Five thousand years ago, Egyptian priests prophesied how the world would end.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • I prophesied truly, and failed only in one single circumstance, that in all the misery I imagined and dreaded, I did not conceive the hundredth part of the anguish I was destined to endure.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Redd had tried to do away with them and their outdated prophesying when she first took control of the queendom.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Their captain was Bard, grim-voiced and grim-faced, whose friends had accused him of prophesying floods and poisoned fish, though they knew his worth and courage.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • He knew that the next child of the Big Three gods-Zeus, Poseidon, or Hades-who turned sixteen was prophesied to either save or destroy Mount Olympus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • I will prophesy he comes to tell me of the players; mark it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • A vigil to which no one had been invited, and no one knew if anyone else would be there; a vigil born of pure friendship and concern, which started with such melancholy prophesies of doom and tenuous hopes, but ended on the sunlit uplands of answered prayers.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I prophesied, if a gallows were on land, This fellow could not drown.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • If he prophesied that the cotton in today’s field was going to be sparse and stick to the bolls like glue, every listener would grunt a hearty agreement.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • For everything had evolved as Perry had prophesied: Dick had sold the car, and three days later the money, slightly less than two hundred dollars, had largely vanished.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • And yet thou say’st my prophesies are frauds.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • "That young man will come to a bad end," they said, prophesying the more confidently in that they themselves would in due course personally see to it that the end was bad.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He could actually see the curling strands of time, and he prophesied that there would come a day when the Codex and all the knowledge it contained would be needed.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Ah, but I can prophesy his weeping after his people perish!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "Young misses whut frowns an pushes out dey chins an’ says ’Ah will’ and ’Ah woan’ mos’ gener’ly doan ketch husbands," prophesied Mammy gloomily.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Men are prophesying that a new Johannesburg will rise there, a great city of tall buildings and busy streets.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • It prophesied possibly a new cycle, a new pousse of the malady.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "Stop prophesying about me," he said.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • He had prophesied their return to the minute.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Hannah was out of humor because her week’s work was deranged, and prophesied that "ef the washin’ and ironin’ warn’t done reg’lar, nothin’ would go well anywheres".
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • There were others who prophesied, with rays shining on their foreheads, about the sometime ditches that would carry water all over the valley—who knows?
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Methought thy very gait did prophesy A royal nobleness:—I must embrace thee: Let sorrow split my heart if ever I Did hate thee or thy father!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • For millennia, mankind had wandered in the darkness …. but now, as had been prophesied, there was a change coming.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • How Merlin prophesied that two the best knights of the world should fight there, which were Sir Lancelot and Sir Tristram.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Ahab did not like Micaiah, because he never prophesied good concerning him, but evil; probably he liked the sycophant son of Chenaannah better; yet might Ahab have escaped a bloody death, had he but stopped his ears to flattery, and opened them to faithful counsel.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • How Merlin prophesied that two the best knights of the world should fight there, which were Sir Lancelot and Sir Tristram.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • He climbed on to the box shivering, with his collar up, prophesying the swift approach of bad weather.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The friends of the French went abroad, wild with excitement, and prophesying the triumph of their Emperor.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It was Isaiah who had prophesied, saying: "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder."
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • The night has been unruly: where we lay, Our chimneys were blown down: and, as they say, Lamentings heard i’ the air, strange screams of death; And prophesying, with accents terrible, Of dire combustion and confus’d events, New hatch’d to the woeful time: the obscure bird Clamour’d the live-long night; some say the earth Was feverous, and did shake.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Whenever he ordered up the danger-signals along the coast there was a week’s dead calm, sure, and every time he prophesied fair weather it rained brickbats.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Anne could do no more; but her heart prophesied some mischance to damp the perfection of her felicity.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • She made wonderful progress and those who heard her prophesied that she would be the greatest singer in the world.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • True, there were a few girls there that Saturday…bold, brash ones, too developed for their age; girls who talked loud and horseplayed around with the boys—girls whom the neighbors prophesied would come to no good.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • So, every Sunday, after Eulalie had gone, Francoise would mercilessly prophesy her coming downfall.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • These laid the scum on lonely ponds from which came vinegar gnats to snuff up noses, mosquitoes to ride summernight flesh and sting forth those bumps that carnival phrenologists dearly love to fondle and prophesy upon.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Mistress, ’respice finem,’ respect your end; or rather, the prophesy, like the parrot, ’Beware the rope’s-end.’
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
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