prophet

noun proph·et \ ˈprä-fət \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

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

prophethood

play \ˈprä-fət-ˌhu̇d\ noun

Examples of prophet in a Sentence

  1. the words of the prophet

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

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Origin and Etymology of prophet

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



PROPHET Defined for English Language Learners

prophet

noun

Definition of prophet for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PROPHET Defined for Kids

prophet

noun proph·et \ ˈprä-fət \

Definition of prophet for Students

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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