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ˈprɒf ɪtprophet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prophet, prophesier, oracle, seer, vaticinatornoun

    an authoritative person who divines the future

  2. prophetnoun

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


  1. prophetnoun

    Someone who speaks by divine inspiration.

  2. prophetnoun

    Someone who predicts the future; a soothsayer.

  3. Prophetnoun

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

  4. Prophetnoun


  5. Prophetnoun

    Muhammad (used with The)

  6. Etymology: 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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROPHETnoun

    Etymology: prophete, Fr. πϱοφήτης.

    Ev’ry flower
    Did as a prophet weep what it foresaw,
    In Hector’s wrath. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    Jesters oft prove prophets. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    O prophet of glad tidings! finisher
    Of utmost hope! John Milton.

    He lov’d so fast,
    As if he fear’d each day wou’d be her last;
    Too true a prophet to foresee the fate,
    That should so soon divide their happy state. Dryden.

    God, when he makes the prophet, does not unmake the man. John Locke.

    His champions are the prophets and apostles. William Shakespeare.


  1. Prophet

    In religion, a prophet or prophetess is an individual who is regarded as being in contact with a divine being and is said to speak on behalf of that being, serving as an intermediary with humanity by delivering messages or teachings from the supernatural source to other people. The message that the prophet conveys is called a prophecy. Claims of prophethood have existed in many cultures and religions throughout history, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, ancient Greek religion, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Hinduism , and many others.


  1. prophet

    A prophet is a person who receives divine revelations or messages from a higher power, often considered to be a representative or messenger of the divine. Prophets are believed to possess the ability to communicate future events, provide guidance, and interpret religious laws or teachings. They may be associated with various religious traditions and are seen as important figures in conveying spiritual or moral truths to their community or followers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prophetnoun

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

  2. Prophetnoun

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

  3. Prophetnoun

    an interpreter; a spokesman

  4. Prophetnoun

    a mantis

  5. Etymology: [F. prophte, L. propheta, fr. Gr. , literally, one who speaks for another, especially, one who speaks for a god an interprets his will to man, fr. to say beforehand; for, before + to say or speak. See Fame. ]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prophet

    prof′et, n. one who proclaims or interprets the will of God: one who announces things to come: one who predicts or foretells events: (B.) one inspired by God to warn and teach: (pl.) the writings of the prophets.—n.fem. Proph′etess.—ns. Proph′ethood, Proph′etship, quality, office of a prophet.—adjs. Prophet′ic, -al, pertaining to a prophet: containing prophecy: foreseeing or foretelling events.—adv. Prophet′ically.—n. Proph′etism.—Prophetic office, the office of a prophet.—Former prophets, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings; Latter prophets, the prophets properly so called; Major prophets, the prophets whose books come before that of Hosea; Minor prophets, the prophets from Hosea to Malachi; School of the prophets, a school among the ancient Jews for training young men as teachers of the people; The prophets, one of the three divisions into which the ancient Jews divided their Scriptures—consisting of the former and the latter prophets (see above). [Fr.,—L. prophēta—Gr. prophētēspro, before, in behalf of, phē-mi, phanai, to speak.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Prophet is ranked #15938 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Prophet surname appeared 1,823 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Prophet.

    52.3% or 955 total occurrences were Black.
    41% or 748 total occurrences were White.
    2.9% or 53 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 50 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.2% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prophet in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prophet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of prophet in a Sentence

  1. Barack Obama:

    Yogi Berra was an American original -- a Hall of Famer and humble veteran; prolific jokester and jovial prophet, he epitomized what it meant to be a sportsman and a citizen, with a big heart, competitive spirit, and a selfless desire to open baseball to everyone, no matter their background. Michelle and I offer our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and his fans in New York and across the world.

  2. Sheikh Hareth al-Nadhari:

    Soldiers who love God and his prophet and who are in love with martyrdom for the sake of God had come to you.

  3. Abdulaziz Sager:

    It is an important relationship but Saudi Arabia is not going to accept any sort of insult to the Prophet or undermining of religious Islamic issues.

  4. Becky Jeffs:

    I thought, I'm not the only one molested, he's done it to her it must be something that was in his nature, where does it end? If he had this in him, how can I trust him? How is he really our prophet?

  5. Francois Molins:

    Ayoub el Khazzani had watched whilst already on the Thalys train YouTube files in which an individual called on the faithful to fight and take up arms in the name of the Prophet.

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