prophet

noun
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

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Other Words from prophet

prophethood \ ˈprä-​fət-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce prophethood (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

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Authorities are also concerned about a coming religious holiday this month that marks the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, when passions run high. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Pakistani Woman Acquitted of Blasphemy Is Caught in Legal Limbo," 12 Nov. 2018 Iran banned the Baha’i religion, which was founded in 1844 by a Persian nobleman considered a prophet by followers. Maggie Michael, The Seattle Times, "Amnesty decries Houthi prosecution of Bahais in Yemen," 18 Sep. 2018 The faith's presidents are considered prophets who lead the church through revelations from God. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "Church president: Use 'Latter-day Saints' not 'Mormon'," 18 Aug. 2018 Detroit band Protomartyr's best album crackles with unrelenting dread, which percolates out from frontman Joe Casey's mad-prophet ravings. Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, "The 17 Best Albums of 2017: Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and Other Favorites," 22 Dec. 2017 Ffion’s intimidating thug of a father, Quinn (Mark Lewis Jones), is leaning increasingly heavily on Malcolm (Michael Sheen), the prophet and leader of the community, to change his beliefs and behaviors. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Apostle takes The Wicker Man to a radical new level," 12 Oct. 2018 With a band of followers called Faithists, this New York prophet set off to form religious communes across the country. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "A Forgotten Religion Gets a Second Chance in Brooklyn," 7 June 2018 Hundreds, including many Muslims, languish in Pakistani jails under the blasphemy laws, which include a mandatory death sentence for insults to the prophet Muhammad. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Pakistani Woman Acquitted of Blasphemy Is Caught in Legal Limbo," 12 Nov. 2018 Physical depictions of the prophet are forbidden in Islam and deeply offensive to Muslims. Munir Ahmed, Fox News, "Pakistanis to rally in capital against Dutch cartoon contest," 30 Aug. 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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prophet

noun

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
used as another name for Muhammad, the founder of Islam
: the writers of the books of the Bible that describe what will happen in the future

prophet

noun
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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