- 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
Related Words for prophetwitch, seer, prognosticator, diviner, medium, sibyl, astrologer, forecaster, reader, wizard, bard, fortuneteller, soothsayer, oracle, augur, auspex, magus, clairvoyant, sorcerer, druid
Examples from the Web for prophet
Contemporary Examples of prophet
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
“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
November 27, 2014
“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
November 23, 2014
But so are plenty of histories that try to attack the prophet.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
November 16, 2014
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
Historical Examples of prophet
Was there no prophet, no redemption, no mediator for such as these?Weighed and Wanting
At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have no objective value.The Secret Agent
I'm willing to risk my reputation as a prophet and say that the dawn will come with rain.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
But a pig is only the unclean animal—the forbidden of the prophet.American Notes
Any fool of a prophet must hit the bull's eye at least once in a life.The Incomplete Amorist
- a seer in spiritual matters
- the vanishing of material sense to give way to the conscious facts of spiritual truth
Word Origin for prophet
noun the Prophet
late 12c., "person who speaks for God; one who foretells, inspired preacher," from Old French prophete, profete "prophet, soothsayer" (11c., Modern French prophète) and directly from Latin propheta, from Greek prophetes (Doric prophatas) "an interpreter, spokesman," especially of the gods, "inspired preacher or teacher," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + root of phanai "to speak," from PIE *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)).
The Greek word was used in Septuagint for Hebrew nabj "soothsayer." Early Latin writers translated Greek prophetes with Latin vates, but the Latinized form propheta predominated in post-Classical times, chiefly due to Christian writers, probably because of pagan associations of vates. In English, meaning "prophetic writer of the Old Testament" is from late 14c. Non-religious sense is from 1848; used of Muhammad from 1610s (translating Arabic al-nabiy, and sometimes also al-rasul, properly "the messenger"). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by witga.
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.