proph·​et·​ess | \ ˈprä-fə-təs How to pronounce prophetess (audio) \

Definition of prophetess

: a woman who is a prophet

Examples of prophetess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hecuba, the queen, goes to the wily Odysseus; her daughter-in-law Andromache, Hector’s widow, to Achilles’ son, Pyrrhus; and her daughter Cassandra, a prophetess doomed never to be believed, to the victorious general Agamemnon. Daniel Mendelsohn, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 The [prophetess Deborah], for example, accompanies an army into battle. Jennifer Wollock, The Conversation, 23 Mar. 2021 Toren, with nearly 400 titles to her name and several awards for narration, can sound like prophetess of trees. Jenni Laidman,, 7 May 2018 Classical mythology brings us the tale of the Sibyl of Cumae, a prophetess who bargains with Apollo for endless life, and centuries later comes to yearn for death. Joshua Max Feldman, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2018 Florence Houteff, considered a prophetess by the Branch Davidians, predicted April 22, 1959, as the rollout date of the Book of Revelation’s fire and brimstone. Kimberly Winston, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of prophetess

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prophetess

Middle English prophetesse, prophetisse, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin prophētissa, from prophēta, prophētēs prophet + -issa -ess

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“Prophetess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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