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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin oraculum, from orare; ORATION

oracle

noun
     
Related topics: Mythology
or‧a‧cle [countable]
1RM someone who the ancient Greeks believed could communicate with the gods, who gave advice to people or told them what would happen
2RM a message given by an oracle
3 a person or book that gives advice and information - used humorously

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