proph·​et | \ˈprä-fət \

Definition of prophet 

1 : one who utters divinely inspired revelations: such as

a often capitalized : the writer of one of the prophetic books of the Bible

b capitalized : one regarded by a group of followers as the final authoritative revealer of God's will Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah

2 : one gifted with more than ordinary spiritual and moral insight especially : an inspired poet

3 : one who foretells future events : predictor

4 : an effective or leading spokesman for a cause, doctrine, or group

5 Christian Science

a : a spiritual seer

b : disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth

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Other Words from prophet

prophethood \ ˈprä-​fət-​ˌhu̇d \ noun

Examples of prophet in a Sentence

the words of the prophet an economist who is regarded by many as a reliable prophet of future developments in the global economy

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If the tech prophets are to be believed, the Next Great Computing Platform will be on your face. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Why It's So Hard to Design Fashionable Augmented-Reality Glasses," 14 Mar. 2018 The prophets, wisdom literature, and gospels extend this preferential option for the most vulnerable. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 If a prophet is one who interprets in clear and intelligible language the will of God, Martin Luther King Jr. fits that designation. Time Staff, Time, "Only One Official Eulogy Was Delivered at Martin Luther King Jr.'s Public Funeral. Read the Full Text Here," 4 Apr. 2018 Moreover, one very easy prediction anyone can make is that religious leaders the world over will label Will a false prophet. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: Better Not to Know," 30 Mar. 2018 The prophet’s invitation to Jane was an example of his racially inclusive stance on sacred temple ordinances. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why All the Justifications for Child Separation Are Bullshit," 20 June 2018 According to legend, Ben Ezra was named after the prophet Ezra himself and the well in the courtyard is said to be the place where the infant Moses was drawn from the Nile. Michael David Lukas, New York Times, "From Cairo to Kolkata, Traces of a Vibrant Jewish Past," 8 June 2018 Many rejected conventional politics and sought solutions in radical movements, in drugs, and in the panaceas of false prophets. Ross Baker, Smithsonian, "Why Robert Kennedy Transformed From a Conservative Into a Liberal Champion of Civil Rights," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of prophet

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prophet

Middle English prophete, from Anglo-French, from Latin propheta, from Greek prophētēs, from pro for + phanai to speak — more at for, ban

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English Language Learners Definition of prophet

: a member of some religions (such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) who delivers messages that are believed to have come from God

the Prophet —used as another name for Muhammad, the founder of Islam

the Prophets : the writers of the books of the Bible that describe what will happen in the future


proph·​et | \ˈprä-fət \

Kids Definition of prophet

1 : someone who declares publicly a message that he or she believes has come from God or a god

2 : a person who predicts the future

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obstinately defiant of authority

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