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a. A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed.
b. One of the highest-ranking leaders of the Mormon church, considered by the faithful to be divinely inspired, and responsible for establishing and revising doctrine.
2. A person gifted with profound moral insight and exceptional powers of expression.
3. A predictor; a soothsayer.
4. The chief spokesperson of a movement or cause.
a. Prophets(used with a sing. or pl. verb) The second of the three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures, comprising the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve. Used with the. See Table at Bible.
b. Prophet One of the prophets mentioned in the Bible, especially one believed to be the author of one of these books. Used with the.
6. Prophet Islam Muhammad. Used with the.

[Middle English prophete, from Old French, from Latin prophēta, from Greek prophētēs : pro-, forth; see pro-2 + -phētēs, speaker (from phanai, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots).]

proph′et·hood′ n.


1. (Theology) a person who supposedly speaks by divine inspiration, esp one through whom a divinity expresses his will.
2. a person who predicts the future: a prophet of doom.
3. a spokesman for a movement, doctrine, etc
4. (Christian Churches, other) Christian Science
a. a seer in spiritual matters
b. the vanishing of material sense to give way to the conscious facts of spiritual truth
[C13: from Old French prophète, from Latin prophēta, from Greek prophētēs one who declares the divine will, from pro-2 + phanai to speak]
ˈprophetess fem n
ˈprophet-ˌlike adj


1. (Islam) the principal designation of Mohammed as the founder of Islam
2. (Christian Churches, other) a name for Joseph Smith as founder of the Mormon Church


(ˈprɒf ɪt)

1. a person who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration.
2. (in the Old Testament)
a. a person chosen to speak for God and to guide the people of Israel.
b. (often cap.) one of the Major or Minor Prophets.
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.
4. the Prophet, Muhammad, the founder of Islam.
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.
[1150–1200; Middle English prophete < Late Latin prophēta < Greek prophḗtēs=pro- pro-2 + -phētēs speaker, derivative (with -tēs agent suffix) of phánai to speak]


Someone who brings a message from God to the people. They most frequently spoke of true worship of God, upright living, and the coming of the messiah.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prophet - an authoritative person who divines the futureprophet - an authoritative person who divines the future
augur, auspex - (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
diviner - someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers
prophetess - a woman prophet
sibyl - (ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet
2.prophet - someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity


noun soothsayer, forecaster, diviner, oracle, seer, clairvoyant, augur, sibyl, prognosticator, prophesier Merlin, the legendary magician and prophet
prophet of doom pessimist, Cassandra, Jeremiah, doom merchant, doom-monger, doomster The prophets of doom were predicting that the glory days were over.
Related words
adjective vatic
"A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country" Bible: St. Mark


A person who foretells future events by or as if by supernatural means:
איש האלוהיםמגד עתידותנביא
peygamberresulserdar-ı ekremyalvaçAllah'ın elçisi


[ˈprɒfɪt] Nprofeta m
a prophet of doom (fig) → un(a) catastrofista, un(a) agorero/a


[ˈprɒfɪt] nprophète m
prophet of doom → prophète de malheur


nProphet(in) m(f); prophet of doomUnheilsverkünder(in) m(f), → Unheilsprophet(in) m(f)


[ˈprɒfɪt] nprofeta m


(ˈprofəsi) plural ˈprophecies noun
1. the power of foretelling the future.
2. something that is foretold. He made many prophecies about the future.
ˈprophesy (-sai) verb
to foretell. He prophesied (that there would be) another war.
ˈprophet (-fit) feminine ˈprophetess noun
1. a person who (believes that he) is able to foretell the future.
2. a person who tells people what God wants, intends etc. the prophet Isaiah.
proˈphetic (-ˈfe-) adjective
proˈphetically adverb

prophecy is a noun: Her prophecy (not prophesy) came true.
prophesy is a verb: to prophesy (not prophecy) the future.
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The disciples of the prophet had since redoubled their efforts, and resisted, by words at least, the authority of Congress.
said I, "thing of evil -- prophet still, if bird or devil
Kalon the Prophet was already erect, with argent garments and uplifted hands, and the sound of his strangely penetrating voice could be heard all the way down the busy street uttering his solar litany.
The newest prophet, even, is of a sight more consequence than the oldest patriarch.
I have done some indiscreet things in my day, but this thing of playing myself for a prophet was the worst.
I saw The Prophet do him reverence; on him, rising Out of the water, Heaven above the clouds Unfold her crystal doors; thence on his head A perfet Dove descend (whate'er it meant); And out of Heaven the sovraign voice I heard, 'This is my Son beloved,--in him am pleased.
It was in virtue of his sincerity, of his speaking still in some sort from the heart of Nature, though in the current artificial dialect, that Johnson was a Prophet.
In this cavern, tradition says, Saul, the king, sat at midnight, and stared and trembled, while the earth shook, the thunders crashed among the hills, and out of the midst of fire and smoke the spirit of the dead prophet rose up and confronted him.
The very friend to whom you communicated your misgivings as to the Prophet and his mission, might be one of those who would come forth at night with fire and sword to exact a terrible reparation.
Don't you know the weather prophet has told us we shall see the sun pretty soon?
Yet even then beyond the reach of any plummet --"out of the belly of hell" --when the whale grounded upon the ocean's utmost bones, even then, God heard the engulphed, repenting prophet when he cried.
The more I dive into this matter of whaling, and push my researches up to the very spring-head of it, so much the more am I impressed with its great honorableness and antiquity; and especially when I find so many great demi-gods and heroes, prophets of all sorts, who one way or other have shed distinction upon it, I am transported with the reflection that I myself belong, though but subordinately, to so emblazoned a fraternity.