- a person chosen to speak for God and to guide the people of Israel: Moses was the greatest of Old Testament prophets.
- (often initial capital letter) one of the Major or Minor Prophets.
- one of a band of ecstatic visionaries claiming divine inspiration and, according to popular belief, possessing magical powers.
- a person who practices divination.
Origin of prophet
OTHER WORDS FROM prophetproph·et·hood, nounproph·et·less, adjectiveproph·et·like, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prophetprofit, prophet
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How to use prophet in a sentence
Our text this morning comes from the prophet Isaiah, chapter 58.'We Must Have a Third Reconstruction.' Read the Full Text of the Rev. William J. Barber II's Sermon at the Inaugural Prayer Service|William J. Barber II|January 21, 2021|Time
The video shows Warnock saying Wright is “a preacher and prophet.”Loeffler’s bogus claim that Warnock ‘celebrated anti-American hatred’|Glenn Kessler|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
To date, prophets of doom have been premature, and though the pace is slowing, the industry continues to dodge death with creative engineering.Moore’s Law Lives: Intel Says Chips Will Pack 50 Times More Transistors|Jason Dorrier|August 23, 2020|Singularity Hub
King cited prophets from the Bible repeatedly in his “I Have a Dream” speech.A Justification For Unrest? Look No Further Than The Bible And The Founding Fathers|LGBTQ-Editor|June 11, 2020|No Straight News
The prophet sees environmental destruction as a problem best addressed by restoring nature to its natural state.The Future of Meat (Ep. 367 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 29, 2019|Freakonomics
Our duty is to make sure that they realize that the Prophet is not avenged.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Paradise lies at the feet of mothers,” Erdogan said on Monday, quoting the Prophet Muhammad.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns|Xanthe Ackerman|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“You are a prophet and you are the bad man,” he says of his skin color.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But so are plenty of histories that try to attack the prophet.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…|Michael Schulson|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was the only one, we were told, which follows the way of the Prophet and truly represents Islam.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil|Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A glorious vision, in which the prophet's lips are cleansed: he foretelleth the obstinacy of the Jews.
The standard of the Prophet was raised in the bazaar and a fanatical mob rallied round it.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Then Isaias the prophet came to king Ezechias, and said to him: What said these men, and from whence came they to thee?
Form not in my mind such a picture as that of the mighty prophet in his robes being "it."The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
This is spoken by the prophet in the person of the Jews at the time when, for their sins, they were given up to their enemies.
British Dictionary definitions for prophet (1 of 2)
- a seer in spiritual matters
- the vanishing of material sense to give way to the conscious facts of spiritual truth
Derived forms of prophetprophetess, fem nprophet-like, adjective
Word Origin for prophet
British Dictionary definitions for prophet (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for prophet
Someone who brings a message from God to people. The best-known prophets are those of the Old Testament. Their most frequent themes were true worship of God, upright living, and the coming of the Messiah. They often met with bitter resistance when they spoke against the idol worship and immorality of their people. Among the prophets of the Old Testament were Daniel, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, and Moses.
Prophets also appear in the New Testament. Jesus called John the Baptist a prophet; Christians (see also Christian) consider him a bridge between the prophets of the Old Testament and those of the New Testament. Jesus mentions “true prophets” and “false prophets” — those who present the true message of God and those who present a counterfeit (see By their fruits ye shall know them and wolves in sheep's clothing). He himself was considered a prophet in his lifetime (see A prophet is not without honor save in his own country) and is still widely revered by non-Christians as a prophet, though not as the Messiah. The New Testament also mentions that some of the early Christians were prophets who spoke inspired messages to their communities.