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Definition of prophet noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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
  2. 2the Prophet [singular] Muhammad, who founded the religion of Islam
  3. 3a person who claims to know what will happen in the future
  4. 4prophet (of something) a person who teaches or supports a new idea, theory, etc. They had known Lincoln as a prophet of human freedom and brotherhood.
  5. 5the Prophets [plural] the name used for some books of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible
  6. 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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