Definitions for prophetˈprɒf ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

proph•etˈprɒf ɪt(n.)

  1. a person who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration.

  2. (in the Old Testament) a person chosen to speak for God and to guide the people of Israel. (often cap.) one of the Major or Minor Prophets.

    Category: Bible

  3. one of a class of persons in the early Christian church recognized as inspired to utter special revelations and predictions. 1 Cor. 12:28.

    Category: Religion

  4. the Prophet, Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

    Category: Eastern Religions

  5. a person regarded as, or claiming to be, an inspired teacher or leader.

  6. a person who foretells the future.

  7. a person who speaks for some doctrine, cause, or movement.

Origin of prophet:

1150–1200; ME prophete < LL prophēta < Gk prophḗtēs=pro-pro -2+-phētēs speaker, der. (with -tēs agent suffix) of phánai to speak

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prophet, prophesier, oracle, seer, vaticinator(noun)

    an authoritative person who divines the future

  2. prophet(noun)

    someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prophet(noun)ˈprɒf ɪt

    a person sent by God to teach and lead people in a particular religion

    Jesus is regarded as a prophet.


  1. prophet(Noun)

    Someone who speaks by divine inspiration.

  2. prophet(Noun)

    Someone who predicts the future; a soothsayer.

  3. Prophet(ProperNoun)

    any of the prophets mentioned in the Bible, especially an author of one of the Prophets

  4. Prophet(ProperNoun)


  5. Prophet(ProperNoun)

    Muhammad (used with The)

  6. Origin: propheta, from propheta (later reinforced in English by Anglo-Norman prophete), from (prophētēs) "one who speaks for a god", from (pro) "before" + (phēmi) "I tell"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prophet(noun)

    one who prophesies, or foretells events; a predicter; a foreteller

  2. Prophet(noun)

    one inspired or instructed by God to speak in his name, or announce future events, as, Moses, Elijah, etc

  3. Prophet(noun)

    an interpreter; a spokesman

  4. Prophet(noun)

    a mantis


  1. Prophet

    In religion, a prophet is an individual who is claimed to have been contacted by the supernatural or the divine, and to speak for them, serving as an intermediary with humanity, delivering this newfound knowledge from the supernatural entity to other people. The message that the prophet conveys is called a prophecy. Claims of prophets have existed in many cultures through history, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, in Ancient Greece, Zoroaster, and many others. Traditionally, prophets are regarded as having a role in society that promotes change due to their messages and actions. The English word prophet comes from the Greek word προφήτης meaning advocate. In the late 20th century the appellation of prophet has been used to refer to individuals particularly successful at analysis in the field of economics, such as in the derogatory prophet of greed. Alternatively, social commentators who suggest escalating crisis are often called prophets of doom.

Translations for prophet

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who (believes that he) is able to foretell the future.

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