- 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.
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Origin of prophet
OTHER WORDS FROM prophetproph·et·hood, nounproph·et·less, adjectiveproph·et·like, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prophetprofit, prophet
Example sentences from the Web for prophet
After announcing his prophethood, Muhammad prayed for those who insulted or opposed him.
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)
noun the Prophet
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.