prophet: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (prof'it), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration.
  2. (in the Old Testament) Moses was the greatest of Old Testament prophets.
    1. a person chosen to speak for God and to guide the people of Israel:Moses was the greatest of Old Testament prophets.
    2. (often cap.) one of the Major or Minor Prophets.
    3. one of a band of ecstatic visionaries claiming divine inspiration and, according to popular belief, possessing magical powers.
    4. a person who practices divination.
  3. one of a class of persons in the early church, next in order after the apostles, recognized as inspired to utter special revelations and predictions. 1 Cor. 12:28.
  4. Muhammad, the founder of Islam.
  5. a person regarded as, or claiming to be, an inspired teacher or leader.
  6. a person who foretells or predicts what is to come: a weather prophet; prophets of doom.
  7. a spokesperson of some doctrine, cause, or movement.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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