Or"a*cle (?), n. [F., fr. L. oraculum, fr. orare to speak, utter, pray, fr. os, oris, mouth. See Oral.]


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.

Whatso'er she saith, for oracles must stand. Drayton.


Hence: The deity who was supposed to give the answer; also, the place where it was given.

The oracles are dumb; No voice or hideous hum Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving. Milton.


The communications, revelations, or messages delivered by God to the prophets; also, the entire sacred Scriptures -- usually in the plural.

The first principles of the oracles of God. Heb. v. 12.

4. Jewish Antiq.

The sanctuary, or Most Holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself.

1 Kings vi. 19.

Siloa's brook, that flow'd Fast by the oracle of God. Milton.


One who communicates a divine command; an angel; a prophet.

God hath now sent his living oracle Into the world to teach his final will. Milton.


Any person reputed uncommonly wise; one whose decisions are regarded as of great authority; as, a literary oracle.

"Oracles of mode."


The country rectors . . . thought him an oracle on points of learning. Macaulay.


A wise sentence or decision of great authority.


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Or"a*cle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Oracled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Oracling (?).]

To utter oracles.



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