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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Citizen me thinks Cartoonist me has already had Moore than enough fun with this recycled, failed non-prophet. John Archibald |,, "Roy Moore already won," 20 June 2019 Ahmadis believe another Islamic prophet, Ahmad, appeared in the 19th century, a view at odds with the fundamental Islamic principle that Muhammad was the final messenger sent by God. Fox News, "Pakistan's Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists," 28 Sep. 2018 The bicentennial of his birth last month inspired a series of exhibitions and tributes affirming his status as American bard and prophet. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Poet of the Body: New York’s Walt Whitman’ Review: An American Bard’s Early Years," 24 June 2019 That is until April 2010, when Morton and an associate urged people to kill the writers of Comedy Central’s South Park for supposedly insulting prophet Muhammad. Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post, "New online magazine aims to counter extremist propaganda," 5 June 2019 In 2015, when Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi decided to make a movie on prophet Mohammed, Rahman was to be its music composer. Harish C Menon, Quartz India, "“Autonomous”: Is AR Rahman hinting at what Tamils want in India?," 4 June 2019 Inflammatory rhetoric, perhaps, but hardly grounds for prosecution, because countless prophets in Hebrew Scripture had said the same thing, warning that the Jerusalem Temple would face imminent destruction. National Geographic, "Meet the high priest behind Jesus's rushed and rigged trial," 19 Apr. 2019 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

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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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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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