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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prophet mean? 

PROPHET (noun)
  The noun PROPHET has 2 senses:

1. an authoritative person who divines the future
2. someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God

  Familiarity information: PROPHET used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PROPHET (noun)

Sense 1prophet [BACK TO TOP]


An authoritative person who divines the future

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


oracle; prophesier; prophet; vaticinator; seer

Hypernyms ("prophet" is a kind of...):

diviner (someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prophet"):

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)

Sense 2prophet [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("prophet" is a kind of...):

religious person (a person who manifests devotion to a deity)

Instance hyponyms:

Manes (a Persian prophet who founded Manichaeism (216-276))

Micah; Micheas (a minor Hebrew prophet (8th century BC))

Mahomet; Mahound; Mohammad; Mohammed; Muhammad (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)

Abdias; Obadiah (a Hebrew minor prophet)

Samuel ((Old Testament) Hebrew prophet and judge who anointed Saul as king)

Zacharias; Zechariah (a Hebrew minor prophet of the late 6th century BC)

Sophonias; Zephaniah (a Hebrew minor poet of the late 7th century BC)

Malachi; Malachias (a Hebrew minor prophet of the 5th century BC)

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)

Joel (a Hebrew minor prophet)

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; Ezekiel (a Hebrew prophet of the 6th century BC who was exiled to Babylon in 587 BC)

Habakkuk; Aggeus; Haggai (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))

Christ; Deliverer; Good Shepherd; Jesus; Jesus Christ; Jesus of Nazareth; Redeemer; Savior; Saviour; the Nazarene (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))

Zarathustra; Zoroaster (Persian prophet who founded Zoroastrianism (circa 628-551 BC))

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