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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That tweet included photos of Shaymaa, a 24-year-old who works with children on the autism spectrum in schools, posing and smiling in front of a group of protestors with signs attacking Islam and the prophet Muhammad. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Meet Shaymaa Ismaa'eel, the Muslim Girl Who Posed for Pics in front of Islamophobic Protestors," 24 Apr. 2019 The book of Jeremiah follows the life of the prophet Jeremiah, chosen by God to speak to the Israelites living in captivity in Babylon. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "What the Jeremiah 11:11 Bible Verse in 'Us' Means," 25 Mar. 2019 Instructed by Southern California health food prophets such as Gayelord Hauser and Adelle Davis, counterculture kids adopted juices, wheat germ and brewer’s yeast. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the Bay Area’s counterculture helped sprout hippie food," 19 Jan. 2018 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

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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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