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  1. a woman who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration.
  2. a woman who foretells future events.
  3. a woman who is aspokesperson of some doctrine, cause, or movement.
  4. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prophetess

Historical Examples of prophetess

  • 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.

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


    Benjamin Disraeli

Word Origin and History for prophetess

c.1300, from prophet + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper