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

Definition of prophetess

: a woman who is a prophet

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Toren, with nearly 400 titles to her name and several awards for narration, can sound like prophetess of trees. Jenni Laidman,, "A dazzlingly narrated edition of 'The Overstory' by Richard Powers leads the audiobooks roundup," 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, "The Downside of Immortality," 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, "Will the world end on Saturday?," 20 Sep. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prophetess

: a woman who is a prophet

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