Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed.
  • n. A person gifted with profound moral insight and exceptional powers of expression.
  • n. A predictor; a soothsayer.
  • n. The chief spokesperson of a movement or cause.
  • n. 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.
  • n. One of the prophets mentioned in the Bible, especially one believed to be the author of one of these books. Used with the.
  • n. Islam Muhammad. Used with the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who speaks by divine inspiration.
  • n. Someone who predicts the future; a soothsayer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who prophesies, or foretells events; a predicter; a foreteller.
  • n. One inspired or instructed by God to speak in his name, or announce future events
  • n. An interpreter; a spokesman.
  • n. A mantis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who speaks by a divine inspiration as the interpreter through whom a divinity declares himself.
  • n. One who foretells future events; a predicter; a foreteller; especially, a person inspired to announce future events.
  • n. An orthopterous insect of the family Mantidæ.
  • n. Synonyms Prophet, Seer, Soothsayer. A prophet is properly one who discloses or speaks forth to others the will of God; a seer is one who has himself learned God's will by a vision. Both titles were applied in the Old Testament to the same class of men, but at different times. The extra-Biblical uses of the words correspond to the Biblical. The word prophet is sometimes used in the Bible of a candidate for the prophetic office, or of an inspired preacher or interpreter. Soothsayer, as used in the Bible, implies imposture, and in other literature its standing is little better.
  • To prophesy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God
  • n. an authoritative person who divines the future

Etymologies

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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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