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
Recent Examples on the Web Jesus said those who believe in him, his sincere children, are prophets, kings, and priests. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "'I forgive you for trespassing against me': Man dressed as 'Philly Jesus' forcibly removed from cathedral," 19 Feb. 2020 About 107 actors appeared in costume as prophets, shepherds, Roman guards, angels and townspeople during the two-day presentation, which takes visitors on a tour of 1st Century Bethlehem and culminates with a visit to the Holy Family. Jennifer Johnson,, "Park Ridge church’s Bethlehem Walk takes more than 1,000 visitors back to the birth of Jesus," 9 Dec. 2019 Both were blasted by critics and viewers alike for their portrayal of Jews and the prophet, respectively. Joyce Chen,, "The Controversy Behind Netflix’s Messiah, Explained," 2 Jan. 2020 Their Christian beliefs were a motivator; the pair named the company Nehemiah after an Old Testament prophet who helped rebuild Jerusalem. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "The Company of Second Chances," 25 Jan. 2020 Former Vice President Al Gore, himself a leading climate change prophet, was seen leaving Mr. Trump’s speech but declined to comment on the president’s remarks. David Gelles, New York Times, "Trump Focuses on Economy at Davos, Seeking a Counter to Impeachment," 21 Jan. 2020 King has often been compared to an Old Testament prophet like Moses. John Blake, CNN, "The one thing about Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatness everyone keeps missing," 20 Jan. 2020 Leveille had declared herself a prophet and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj helped train children for potential attacks on schools, law enforcement agencies and other institutions, authorities said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge orders New Mexico compound suspect hospitalized," 18 Oct. 2019 Margaret Atwood, the author of the 1985 dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale, was already writing a sequel when President Donald Trump was elected—a stunning win that caused many of her already reverential readers to call her a prophet. Sam Gillette,, "The Handmaid’s Tale Author Margaret Atwood’s Fear About Trump: 'We’re Losing Time on the Climate Crisis'," 12 Sep. 2019

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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 entry 1, ban entry 1

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The first known use of prophet was in the 12th century

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“Prophet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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
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


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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