ETYM French prophčte, Latin propheta, from Greek, literally, one who speaks for another, especially, one who speaks for a god an interprets his will to man, from prophanai to say beforehand; pro for, before + phanai to say or speak. Related to Fame.
1. An authoritative person who divines the future; SYN. oracle.
2. Someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God; SYN. religious leader.
Person thought to speak from divine inspiration or one who foretells the future. In the Bible, the chief prophets were Elijah, Amos, Hosea, and Isaiah. In Islam, Mohammed is believed to be the last and greatest of a long line of prophets beginning with Adam and including Moses and Jesus.
In the Bible, a prophet is any of the succession of saints and seers who preached and prophesied in the Hebrew kingdoms in Palestine from the 8th century bc until the suppression of Jewish independence in 586 bc, and possibly later. The prophetic books of the Old Testament constitute a division of the Hebrew Bible.
Some Christians, especially adherents of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements, believe in modern-day prophets.
oracle · prophesier · seer · vaticinator