- The definition of a prophet is someone who teaches or spreads the word of God, or is someone who claims to make predictions about what will happen in the future.
- An example of a prophet was Moses, who heard God deliver the Ten Commandments.
- An example of a prophet is someone who predicts what will happen twenty years from now.
- a person who speaks for God or a god, or as though under divine guidance
- a religious teacher or leader regarded as, or claiming to be, divinely inspired
- a spokesman for some cause, group, movement, etc.
- a person who predicts future events in any way
Origin of prophetMiddle English prophete ; from Old French ; from Late Latin propheta, soothsayer, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin prophet ; from Classical Greek prophētēs, interpreter of a god's will (in Septuagint a Hebrew prophet; in New Testament , an inspired preacher) ; from pro-, before + phanai, to speak: see ban
- among Muslims, Mohammed
- ☆ among Mormons, Joseph Smith
- one of the three major divisions of the Jewish Holy Scriptures, following the Pentateuch and preceding the Hagiographa
- the authors or subjects of the prophetic books in this division, including Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, etc.
- a. A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed.b. One of the highest-ranking leaders of the Mormon church, considered by the faithful to be divinely inspired, and responsible for establishing and revising doctrine.
- A person gifted with profound moral insight and exceptional powers of expression.
- A predictor; a soothsayer.
- The chief spokesperson of a movement or cause.
- a. Prophets (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The second of the three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures, comprising the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve. Used with the. See Table at Bible.b. Prophet One of the prophets mentioned in the Bible, especially one believed to be the author of one of these books. Used with the.
- Prophet Islam Muhammad. Used with the.
Origin of prophetMiddle English prophete, from Old French, from Latin prophēta, from Greek prophētēs : pro-, forth; see pro–2 + -phētēs, speaker (from phanai, to speak; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots).
Old English propheta, from Latin propheta (later reinforced in English by Anglo-Norman prophete), from Ancient Greek προφήτης (prophētēs, “one who speaks for a god”), from πρό (pro, “before”) + φημί (phēmi, “I tell”).