prophecy and prophesy - the difference
The Quick AnswerA prophecy is knowledge of the future (from a divine source).
To prophesy means to predict the future (with divine inspiration).
ProphecyThe word prophecy is a noun. (The last syllable of prophecy is pronounced sea.) A prophecy is knowledge of the future - usually said to have come from a divine source.
- On the second day of the course, we will study the prophecies of Nostradamus.
- The prophet has revealed his latest prophecy in which three cities are razed to the ground.
ProphesyThe word prophesy is a verb. (The last syllable of prophesy is pronounced sigh.) To prophesy means to predict the future - usually with divine inspiration.
- He prophesies a great war between East and West.
- He prophesied that a flood would cover the Earth. (This is an example of to prophesy in the past tense.)