noun (used with a singular verb)
Definition for prophets (2 of 2)
- 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
Examples from the Web for prophets
And like all prophets, he was under-appreciated by his country, his community, and his party for far too long.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Mohammed, for example, in the Quran, made it clear that God “made no distinction between the revelations of any of the prophets.”Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, with a hearty laugh: “No one wanted to listen to the prophets.”Sarah and Susan Silverman: Comedian and Rabbi are Perfect Sisters|Kevin Fallon|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The thriving democracy conjured up by prophets of unification can quickly disintegrate into tribal war.Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process|Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Entering this place we are let down by our teachers, by our heroes and our prophets.Michael Hainey and Aleksandar Hemon’s Chicago Dreams|Chris Wallace|March 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The thousands who are responding to that call are the priests of today and the prophets of tomorrow.Religion and the War|Various
The prophets and the rabbis continually dwell upon the hope of reunion.Jewish Literature and Other Essays|Gustav Karpeles
You wish to know something of the Richmond and Wabash prophets.
The brotherly business between the two prophets was coming to an end fast, and all on account of Mrs. Kelly.Cape Cod Stories|Joseph C. Lincoln
Prediction, therefore, of future events, was a very small part of the work of the Prophets.Ten Great Religions|James Freeman Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for prophets (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for prophets (2 of 3)
- a seer in spiritual matters
- the vanishing of material sense to give way to the conscious facts of spiritual truth
Word Origin for prophet
British Dictionary definitions for prophets (3 of 3)
noun the Prophet
Word Origin and History for prophets
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.
Culture definitions for prophets
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.