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ORACLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does oracle mean? 

ORACLE (noun)
  The noun ORACLE has 3 senses:

1. an authoritative person who divines the future
2. a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible
3. a shrine where an oracular god is consulted

  Familiarity information: ORACLE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ORACLE (noun)


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Meaning:

An authoritative person who divines the future

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

oracle; prophesier; prophet; vaticinator; seer

Hypernyms ("oracle" is a kind of...):

diviner (someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "oracle"):

augur; auspex ((ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy)

prophetess (a woman prophet)

sibyl ((ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet)


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Meaning:

A prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("oracle" is a kind of...):

divination; prophecy (a prediction uttered under divine inspiration)


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Meaning:

A shrine where an oracular god is consulted

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("oracle" is a kind of...):

shrine (a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person)

Instance hyponyms:

Delphic oracle; Oracle of Apollo; oracle of Delphi; Temple of Apollo ((Greek mythology) the oracle at Delphi where a priestess supposedly delivered messages from Apollo to those who sought advice; the messages were usually obscure or ambiguous)


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