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 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 There’s a guy who sells bunches of flowers for $3, grandmothers selling homemade taquitos and small bags of sliced mangoes, and my second prophet, a wise woman who had waited in that food line herself earlier this week. Washington Post, "Three prophets who showed me the beauty of America — away from Capitol Hill," 24 Dec. 2020 On Ultraviolence, love is the ultimate drug, true believers are addicts, and Lana Del Rey is their prophet. Richard S. He, Billboard, "Every Lana Del Rey Song, Ranked: Critic's List," 28 Aug. 2019 Kennedy may be somewhat of a prophet after five UAB players hit the transfer portal today, less than a week since a season-ending semifinal loss to Western Kentucky in the C-USA basketball tournament. Evan Dudley, al, "5 UAB basketball players hit transfer portal," 17 Mar. 2021 But Bannon was keen to return to his traditional role as soothsaying prophet for the armies of Trumpist reaction. Adele M. Stan, The New Republic, "Insurrectionist in Chief," 10 Mar. 2021 Pope Francis gathered members of the prominent faiths in Iraq at Ur, the birthplace of the prophet Abraham, for an inter-religious convocation meant to promote unity among Iraqi's diverse religious communities. Clark Bentson, ABC News, "Pope Francis holds historic meeting with religious groups, top Iraq Shiite cleric," 6 Mar. 2021 Francis will also visit Ur, near the Euphrates River, the birthplace of the prophet Abraham, the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Palash Ghosh, Forbes, "Photos: Pope Francis Arrives In Iraq, Marking The Nation’s First Papal Visit," 5 Mar. 2021 According to the website Behind the Name, the biblical Ezekiel was a prophet who lived in Jerusalem. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "100 Excellent Baby Boy Names that Start With "E"," 4 Mar. 2021 The role of the prophet is usually associated with transmitting the word of God to His people. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "Ki Tisa parsha: Protesting God," 1 Mar. 2021

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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 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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