-phemia, -phemic, -phemism, -pheme, -phemy
(Greek: speak, talk; speech)
2. The use of one word, or phrase, when another is meant.
3. An accidental use of a word which is different from the one that is meant.
2. The smallest units of speech that convey meaning.
3. The smallest lexical unit of a language; such as, a word, root, affix, or inflectional ending.
Examples of morphemes include: man, run, pro-, -ess, -ing, etc.; and there are many Latin and Greek morphemes which are being used in English.
A word can contain more than one morpheme; for example,"myalgia" can be divided into two morphemes, the prefix my, "muscle" and algia, "pain"; however, the word morose cannot be divided into anything smaller.
In spoken language, morphemes are composed of phonemes (the smallest linguistically distinctive units of sound); and in written language, morphemes are composed of graphemes (the smallest units of written language).
2. A prediction uttered under divine inspiration.
3. Etymology: "function of a prophet," from Old French profecie, from Late Latin prophetia, from Greek prophetia, "gift of interpreting the will of the gods", which came from prophetes; from pro-, "before" + root of phanai, "to speak".
2. To predict what is going to happen or forecasting a future event; that is, to predict or to work out something that is likely to happen; such as, the weather conditions for the days ahead.
3. To supposedly reveal the will of a deity in predicting a future event.
2. Someone who is an interpreter of the will of God.
3. Somebody who predicts the future.
4. Etymology: from Old French prophete (11th century), from Latin propheta, from Greek prophetes, "an interpreter, a spokesman"; especially, of the gods, from pro-, "before" + root of Greek phanai, "to speak".
2. A woman predictor or a woman soothsayer.
3. The chief spokeswoman of a movement or a cause.
2. Foretelling events as if by divine inspiration: Harriet's casual words turned out to be prophetic because they actually took place.
2. Characterized by fast talking, or speaking with great speed, as seen in some mental disorders.
Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "divination, diviner; seer, soothsayer, prophecy, prophesy, prophet": augur-; auspic-; fa-, fate; Fates in action; futur-; -mancy; omen; sorc-, sorcery; vati-.