proph·​et | \ ˈprä-fət How to pronounce prophet (audio) \

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

Other Words from prophet

prophethood \ ˈprä-​fət-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce prophet (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Friedrich Nietzsche was an acute prophet of the impacts of the dethroning of liberal rationality. Francis Fukuyama, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Jerusalem holds dear value to the Hashemite rulers of Jordan, who are believed to be descendants of Islam's prophet Mohammed. Zeena Saifi, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 Willem Dafoe plays Heimir the Fool—half jester, half mad prophet. Erik Kain, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Icahn's made a big slug of his billions in old energy, while Musk is the leading prophet of renewables. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 The prophet can also perform marriages and assign wives to their husbands. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 24 Apr. 2022 Police shared screenshots from the YouTube channel prophet oftruth88, a space where James appeared to go on rants using profanity and racial slurs while also espousing violent thoughts. Doha Madani, NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 God commands Moses, the Jews’ prophet and patriarch, to tell the Israelites to mark their doorways with lamb’s blood one night, then sends the Angel of Death to kill the firstborn son in every house not so marked. Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun, 14 Apr. 2022 Israeli officials say a group of Palestinians vandalized the site believe to be the burial tomb of the Biblical prophet Joseph in the West Bank town of Nablus. Abeer Salman, CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin prophēta "spokesman or interpreter of a god" (Late Latin also prophētēs "revealer of God's will, foreteller of future events"), borrowed from Greek prophḗtēs "one who interprets the will of a god to humans, interpreter," (Septuagint) "revealer of God's will," (New Testament) "inspired preacher and teacher, foreteller of future events," from pro- pro- entry 1 + phē-, stem of phēmí, phánai "to speak, say" + -tēs, agent suffix — more at ban entry 1

Note: A few attestations in late Old English, apparently declined as a weak noun, are directly from Latin.

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proph·​et | \ ˈprä-fət How to pronounce prophet (audio) \

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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