prophet

By the time you finish reading this definition, you will understand what a prophet is. How do I know? Perhaps I am a prophet, someone who can predict the future. Or maybe it’s just a guess.

The future is a foggy mystery, but a prophet sees beyond that fog to speak about what’s to come. A fortune teller is a prophet, and so is a savvy computer designer who knows how technology will change in ten years. Prophet comes from the Greek word for “spokesman,” which explains another definition of prophet: someone who speaks on behalf of God. Prophet is pronounced the same as profit, and some prophets use their talents to earn lots of profit.

Definitions of prophet
1

n someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God

Examples:
show 24 examples...
hide 24 examples...
Amos
a Hebrew shepherd and minor prophet
Daniel
(Old Testament) a youth who was taken into the court of Nebuchadnezzar and given divine protection when thrown into a den of lions (6th century BC)
Elijah
a Hebrew prophet in the Old Testament who opposed the worship of idols; he was persecuted for rebuking Ahab and Jezebel (king and queen of Israel); he was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire (circa 9th century BC)
Ezechiel
a Hebrew prophet of the 6th century BC who was exiled to Babylon in 587 BC
Habakkuk
a Hebrew minor prophet
Aggeus
a Hebrew minor prophet
Hosea
a minor Hebrew prophet (8th century BC)
Isaiah
(Old Testament) the first of the major Hebrew prophets (8th century BC)
Jeremiah
(Old Testament) an Israelite prophet who is remembered for his angry lamentations (jeremiads) about the wickedness of his people (circa 626-587 BC)
Jesus of Nazareth
a teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth; his life and sermons form the basis for Christianity (circa 4 BC - AD 29)
Joel
a Hebrew minor prophet
Jonah
(Old Testament) Jonah did not wish to become a prophet so God caused a great storm to throw him overboard from a ship; he was saved by being swallowed by a whale that vomited him out onto dry land
Malachias
a Hebrew minor prophet of the 5th century BC
Manes
a Persian prophet who founded Manichaeism (216-276)
Micheas
a minor Hebrew prophet (8th century BC)
Mohammad
the Arab prophet who, according to Islam, was the last messenger of Allah (570-632)
Mormon
the ancient prophet whose writings were revealed to Joseph Smith who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Moses
(Old Testament) the Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites from Egypt across the Red sea on a journey known as the Exodus; Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai
Nahum
a Hebrew minor prophet of the 7th century BC
Obadiah
a Hebrew minor prophet
Samuel
(Old Testament) Hebrew prophet and judge who anointed Saul as king
Zacharias
a Hebrew minor prophet of the late 6th century BC
Sophonias
a Hebrew minor prophet of the late 7th century BC
Zarathustra
Persian prophet who founded Zoroastrianism (circa 628-551 BC)
Type of:
religious person
a person who manifests devotion to a deity

n an authoritative person who divines the future

Synonyms:
oracle, prophesier, seer, vaticinator
Examples:
Cassandra
(Greek mythology) a prophetess in Troy during the Trojan War whose predictions were true but were never believed
Types:
augur, auspex
(ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
prophetess
a woman prophet
sibyl
(ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet
Type of:
diviner
someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.