Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To prophesy.
  • noun One who speaks by a divine inspiration as the interpreter through whom a divinity declares himself.
  • noun One who foretells future events; a predicter; a foreteller; especially, a person inspired to announce future events.
  • noun An orthopterous insect of the family Mantidæ.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who prophesies, or foretells events; a predicter; a foreteller.
  • noun One inspired or instructed by God to speak in his name, or announce future events
  • noun rare An interpreter; a spokesman.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A mantis.
  • noun (Anc. Jewish Hist.) a school or college in which young men were educated and trained for public teachers or members of the prophetic order. These students were called sons of the prophets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English prophete, from Old French, from Latin prophēta, from Greek prophētēs : pro-, forth; see pro– + -phētēs, speaker (from phanai, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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