PROPHECY n. From Old French profecie and Greek prophetia/propheteia, the word prophecy relates to the gift of interpreting the will of God. From the 1300’s, it takes on the related meaning of something spoken or written by a prophet. The corresponding verb “to prophesy” exists from 1377.
Prophecies seem to exist in most cultures and are generally a message sent to some kind of prophet by some kind of deity. The prophecies are typically foretellings or revelations (particularly regarding the deity’s will), but they can also take the shape of inspirational messages. This may go some way to explain why they are so popular in fiction and, particularly, in fantasy.
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