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Definition of "prophet" [proph•et]

  • A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed. (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. See Table at Bible. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prophet" in a sentence
  • "Here there is no direct predication concerning Joe Smith, but only a predication of one of the alternatives conditionally on the other being denied, as, _If Joe Smith was not a prophet he was an impostor_; or, _If he was not an impostor, he was a prophet_."
  • "Indeed, the term prophet is regularly used even in modern times for people like Martin Luther King Jr., and it is in this overall sense that I use the word."
  • "Though the meaning of the term prophet is here indeterminate, Miriam is the first woman ever to bear it."