Definitions

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

  • noun A woman who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed.
  • noun A woman predictor; a woman soothsayer.
  • noun The chief spokeswoman of a movement or cause.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female prophet; a woman who speaks with inspiration or foretells future events.

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

  • noun A female prophet.

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

  • noun A female prophet.

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

  • noun a woman prophet

Etymologies

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From prophet +‎ -ess.

Examples

  • Similarly, the gift of Esther, the prophetess, is also undermined, her warnings about entering Baghdad, especially as associated with Ahab, apparently being motivated at least as much by jealousy as by spirituality.

    Introduction - Critical Apparatus

  • The prophetess is forgotten for the voices that speak through her.

    The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

  • The policy of Barak, then, to have the presence of the prophetess is perfectly intelligible as it would no less stimulate the valor of the troops, than sanction, in the eyes of Israel, the uprising against an oppressor so powerful as Jabin.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • However, he has the presence of mind to throw them on the shoulders of Diotima, whom he calls a prophetess, and who, ten years before the plague broke out in Athens, obtained from the gods (he tells us) that delay.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems A Selection

  • Mary, the sister of Moses, is called a prophetess; Anna, the mother of Samuel, prophesied; Elizabeth, the mother of John the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • But when he held it to the fading light of the window which opened upon the street where the woman called the prophetess had cursed him, the eyes of the child did not close, neither did their pupils diminish.

    The Scapegoat; a romance and a parable

  • Isaiah was so completely a prophet that even his wife was called the prophetess after him.

    Prolegomena

  • His Wife is called the prophetess [Isa 8: 3], that is, endowed, as

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Miriam was called a prophetess, as the Lord had, on some occasions, it is said, spoken through her, giving messages to the women.

    The Woman's Bible

  • His wife (because the wife of a prophet) is called the prophetess; she conceived and bore a son, another son, who must carry a sermon in his name, as the former had done (ch.vii. 3), but with this difference, that spoke mercy, Shear-jashub -- The remnant shall return; but, that being slighted, this speaks judgment,

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

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