• WordNet 3.6
    • n prophet an authoritative person who divines the future
    • n prophet someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prophet (Zoöl) A mantis.
    • Prophet An interpreter; a spokesman.
    • Prophet One inspired or instructed by God to speak in his name, or announce future events, as, Moses, Elijah, etc.
    • Prophet One who prophesies, or foretells events; a predicter; a foreteller.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prophet One who speaks by a divine inspiration as the interpreter through whom a divinity declares himself. In the times of the Old Testament there was an order of prophets, for the duties of whose office men were trained in colleges called schools of the prophets. The members of these schools acted as public religious teachers, and the prophets in the stricter sense (inspired teachers) generally belonged to this order. In the New Testament, Christian prophets were recognized in the church as possessing a charism distinct from that of mere teachers, and as uttering special revelations and predictions. They are often mentioned with apostles, and next after them in order.
    • n prophet One who foretells future events; a predicter; a foreteller; especially, a person inspired to announce future events.
    • n prophet An orthopterous insect of the family Mantidæ.
    • n prophet Synonyms Prophet, Seer, Soothsayer. A prophet is properly one who discloses or speaks forth to others the will of God; a seer is one who has himself learned God's will by a vision. Both titles were applied in the Old Testament to the same class of men, but at different times. The extra-Biblical uses of the words correspond to the Biblical. The word prophet is sometimes used in the Bible of a candidate for the prophetic office, or of an inspired preacher or interpreter. Soothsayer, as used in the Bible, implies imposture, and in other literature its standing is little better.
    • prophet To prophesy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prophet prof′et one who proclaims or interprets the will of God: one who announces things to come: one who predicts or foretells events: :
    • n Prophet prof′et (B.) one inspired by God to warn and teach
    • n Prophet prof′et (pl.) the writings of the prophets
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  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “The heart is half a prophet.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Historians are prophets with their face turned backward.”
  • Bible
    “A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country.”
  • Bob Marley
    Bob Marley
    “How long will they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text.”


Is Saul also among the prophets? - It's a biblical idiom used when somebody known for something bad appears all of a sudden to be doing something very good.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prophète, L. propheta, fr. Gr. , literally, one who speaks for another, especially, one who speaks for a god an interprets his will to man, fr. to say beforehand; for, before + to say or speak. See Fame.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. prophēta—Gr. prophētēspro, before, in behalf of, phē-mi, phanai, to speak.


In literature:

Surely thou art able to answer their word-twistings of our prophets?
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
When Adam had thus accosted his bride he grew prophetical.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
His remarks were prophetic.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
It is here, in my opinion, that we must place Whitman; not among the minstrels and edifiers of his age, but among its prophets and saviors.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
Our Prophet expressly intimates this peculiar manner of the prophetic announcement by making, in chap.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
Witness the examples of the holy patriarchs, the prophets and, most of all, of Christ himself.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
Jeremiah was a prophet who lived in the time of the captivity.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott
A prophet in Israel that can cure leprosy?
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
The Prophet had proved to be no prophet from the Great Spirit.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Spinoza has often been likened to the old Hebrew prophets.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
He is a true prophet if taken in the reverse.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Divinity and Prophet are past.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
The other prophets came at their due time.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
His son, and brother-in-law, would at intervals be solemnly cursed in the name of the Prophet for not driving the slaves faster.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
But on earth the things will come to pass which are so prominently revealed in the prophetic Word.
"Studies in Prophecy" by Arno C. Gaebelein
It was the immediate prelude to the revelation of the Law which Ormuzd vouchsafed to his prophet.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
Then he and the prophet return to the spirit world.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
Yes, I tell you, and abundantly more than a prophet.
"A Translation of the New Testament from the original Greek" by T. Haweis
Belief in his Scriptures, which are his uncreated word, revealed to his prophets.
"The Thousand and One Nights, Vol. I." by Anonymous
But my people have ignored the greatest Prophet of all, the Prophet Mohammed.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover

In poetry:

The prophets told His coming,
The saintly for Him sighed,
And the star of the Babe of Bethlehem
Shone o'er them when they died.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Alas! Elisha's servant cried,
When he the Syrian army spied,
But he was soon released from care,
In answer to the prophet's prayer.
"More With Us Than With Them" by John Newton
Blow the trumpets, crown the sages,
Bring the age by reason fed!
(He that sitteth in the heavens,
'He shall laugh'--the prophet said.)
"The Fish" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
I only said
how I want to be there,
Oh, down at the tavern
where the prophets are singing
around their round table
until they are still.
"Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall" by Anne Sexton
Vainly they tried the deeps to sound
E'en of their own prophetic thought,
When of Christ crucified and crowned
His Spirit in them taught:
"Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
And his words soon found a hearing,
Peace of heart flowed from his music;
All the land thrilled to the nearing
Of a great prophetic choir.
"Johan Ludvig Heiberg 1860" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Prophetic finds inspiration from singers as varied as Al Green to Amy Winehouse.
Prophetic Discourse in the Public Square.
Several people have asked me where they can get a copy of my recent Santa Clara Lecture, Prophetic Discourse in the Public Square.
CU challenged by McCall for ' prophetic voice'.
MOVIE REVIEW- ‘Wanted': A potentially prophetic title.
"Dude You're on Your Own," How Prophetic .
It was sort of prophetic after New England dismantled Denver.
Here's a rule any competent prophet knows: vagueness pays.
Prophetic Discourse in the Public Square .
Several people have asked me where they can get a copy of my recent Santa Clara Lecture, Prophetic Discourse in the Public Square .
Elizabeth Clare Prophet dies at 70.
Almost everyone on Earth is discussing Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).
Non-Muslim brothers and sisters don't understand why Muslims love the Prophet Mohammad (pbbuh) so much.
The prophets of budget balancing.
Romney exposed his ignorance in the land of the prophets .

In science:

Prophet inequalities constitute a key technique underlying these results; instead of directly analyzing the revenue of the SPM, one analyzes the so-called virtual values of the winning bids, proving via prophet inequalities that the combined expected virtual value accumulated by the SPM approximates the offline optimum.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
Recent work by Alaei deepens still further the connections between these two research areas, obtaining a near-optimal k-choice prophet inequality and applying it to a much more general Bayesian combinatorial auction framework than that studied in .
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
In fact, the “hard examples” for many natural examples in the matroid-secretary setting also translate into hard examples for the prophet inequality setting.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
In light of this relation, it is intriguing that our work solves the matroid prophet inequality problem whereas the matroid secretary problem remains unsolved, despite intriguing progress on special cases [7, 15], general matroids , and relaxed versions of the problem .
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
In the matroid setting, our factor-2 prophet inequality for order-agnostic algorithms reveals that order-aware algorithms have no advantage over order-agnostic ones in the worst case; it is an interesting open question whether the same lack of advantage holds more generally.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
Imagine a prophet that is forced to start by accepting the set A, and let the remainder of A (denoted R(A), defined formally in the following section) denote the subset that the restricted prophet adds to A.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
Let the cost of A (denoted C (A), defined formally in the following section) denote the subset that the unrestricted prophet selected in place of A.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
Then the restricted prophet makes w(A) + E [w(R(A))] in expectation, while the unrestricted prophet makes E [w(C (A))] + E [w(R(A))].
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
This is the special case of the problem in which the algorithm is only allowed to make one selection, i.e. the same setting as the original prophet inequality (1).
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
Then the prophet obtains 2 − 1/n in expectation, but the gambler obtains at most 1, as his optimal strategy is just to take the first element always.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
So the expected payoff to the prophet is Θ(q).
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
We will naturally derive the relation Φ(Mcopies ) ≥ 1 α Φ(OPTcopies ) as a consequence of the prophet inequality.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
To do so, it suffices to define mechanism Mcopies such that its allocation decisions result from running the prophet inequality algorithm on an input sequence consisting of the virtual valuations φx (vx ), presented in an order determined by an online weight-adaptive adversary.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
To define mechanism Mcopies , we first define an online weight-adaptive adversary and then run the prophet inequality algorithm on the input sequence presented by this adversary, using its thresholds to define posted prices exactly as in mechanism M above.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities
Thus, the prophet inequality algorithm running on the input sequence specified by the adversary achieves an expected virtual α Φ(OPTcopies ).
Matroid Prophet Inequalities