oracle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Oracle \Or"a*cle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Oracled; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Oracling.]
   To utter oracles. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Oracle \Or"a*cle\, n. [F., fr. L. oraculum, fr. orare to speak,
   utter, pray, fr. os, oris, mouth. See Oral.]
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   1. The answer of a god, or some person reputed to be a god,
      to an inquiry respecting some affair or future event, as
      the success of an enterprise or battle.
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            Whatso'er she saith, for oracles must stand.
                                                  --Drayton.
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   2. Hence: The deity who was supposed to give the answer;
      also, the place where it was given.
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            The oracles are dumb;
            No voice or hideous hum
            Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
                                                  --Milton.
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   3. The communications, revelations, or messages delivered by
      God to the prophets; also, the entire sacred Scriptures --
      usually in the plural.
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            The first principles of the oracles of God. --Heb.
                                                  v. 12.
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   4. (Jewish Antiq.) The sanctuary, or Most Holy place in the
      temple; also, the temple itself. --1 Kings vi. 19.
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            Siloa's brook, that flow'd
            Fast by the oracle of God.            --Milton.
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   5. One who communicates an oracle[1] or divine command; an
      angel; a prophet.
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            God hath now sent his living oracle
            Into the world to teach his final will. --Milton.
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   6. Any person reputed uncommonly wise; one whose decisions
      are regarded as of great authority; as, a literary oracle.
      "Oracles of mode." --Tennyson.
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            The country rectors . . . thought him an oracle on
            points of learning.                   --Macaulay.
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   7. A wise pronouncement or decision considered as of great
      authority.
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