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[prof-i-tis] /ˈprɒf ɪ tɪs/
a woman who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration.
a woman who foretells future events.
a woman who is aspokesperson of some doctrine, cause, or movement.
the wife or female companion of a prophet.
Origin of prophetess
1250-1300; Middle English prophetesse < Old French < Late Latin prophētissa. See prophet, -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Well, she is certainly no prophetess among these countryfolk.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I have been the prophetess of evil, but I have prophesied too truly.

    The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
  • Have I been as good a prophetess in saying that you would like it?'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • A place in which the validity of a philosophy is judged by the hat of its prophetess.

    A Book of Burlesques

    H. L. Mencken
  • It was the night after the visit of Abidan and the prophetess.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • We found here the prophetess or apostle-ess, with her company.

  • Then the prophetess Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, delivered Israel.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • As the valour of the warrior and the song of the scald, so is the lore of the prophetess.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Since then, prophetess, Night hath been my comrade, and Death my familiar.

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She had since become a prophetess, who heard the voice of her God.

    Joshua, Complete Georg Ebers
Word Origin and History for prophetess

c.1300, from prophet + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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