see also: Oracle
  • IPA: /ˈɔɹəkəl/, /ˈɒɹəkəl/

oracle (plural oracles)

  1. A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity.
    • 1629, John Milton, “On the Morning of Christ's Nativity”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗:
      The oracles are dumb; / No voice or hideous hum / Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
  2. A person such as a priest through whom the deity is supposed to respond with prophecy or advice.
  3. A prophetic response, often enigmatic or allegorical, so given.
    • Whatso'er she saith, for oracles must stand.
  4. A person considered to be a source of wisdom.
    a literary oracle
    • 1881, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[,_Ninth_Edition/Johnson,_Samuel Samuel Johnson]”, in Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition:
      The country rectors […] thought him an oracle on points of learning.
    • 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748 ↗, (please specify ):
      oracles of mode
  5. A wise sentence or decision of great authority.
  6. One who communicates a divine command; an angel; a prophet.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the First”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      God hath now sent his living oracle / Into the world to teach his final will.
  7. (computing theory) A theoretical entity capable of answering some collection of questions.
  8. (Jewish antiquity) The sanctuary, or most holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Siloa's brook, that flow'd / Fast by the oracle of God.
    • Bible, 1 Kings 6:19, King James Version:
      And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
  • (priest acting as conduit of prophecy) prophet
  • (person who is a source of wisdom) expert
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oracle (oracles, present participle oracling; past and past participle oracled)

  1. (obsolete) To utter oracles or prophecies.
Proper noun
  1. (computing) A database management system (and its associated software) developed by the Oracle Corporation

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