- 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.
prophet definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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 plush phanai, to speak: see ban
prophet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed.
- 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: Middle English prophete, from Old French, from Latin prophēta, from Greek prophētēs : pro-, before; see pro-2 + -phētēs, speaker (from phanai, to speak; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots).
- prophˈet·hoodˌ noun
prophet - Cultural Definition
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.
- In general usage, a “prophet” is someone who can foretell the future. The prophets of the Bible (see also Bible) often made predictions, which confirmed their authority when the predictions came true, but changing the lives of their people was a more central part of their mission.
prophet - Phrases/Idioms
- among Muslims, Mohammed
- â 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.