Definition of prophet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒfɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfɪt//
    Religious people
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  1. 1 [countable] (in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religions) a person sent by God to teach the people and give them messages from God Some believe that he was not a true prophet. See related entries: Religious people
  2. 2 the Prophet [singular] Muhammad, who founded the religion of Islam
  3. 3[countable] a person who claims to know what will happen in the future
  4. 4[countable] prophet (of something) a person who teaches or supports a new idea, theory, etc. William Morris was one of the early prophets of socialism.
  5. 5the Prophets [plural] the name used for some books of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French prophete, via Latin from Greek prophētēs ‘spokesman’, from pro ‘before’ + phētēs ‘speaker’ (from phēnai ‘speak’).Idioms
    prophet of doom, doom merchant
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    a person who predicts that things will go very badly The prophets of doom who said television would kill off the book were wrong.
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