προφήτης

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From προ- ‎(pro-, before) +‎ φημί ‎(phēmí, I say) +‎ -της ‎(-tēs, -er).

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προφήτης ‎(prophḗtēsm ‎(genitive προφήτου); first declension

  1. one who speaks for and interprets the will of a god: prophet, seer
    • 458 BCE, Aeschylus, The Eumenides 19
      Διὸς προφήτης δ᾽ ἐστὶ Λοξίας πατρός
      But Loxias is the spokesman of Zeus, his father.
  2. one of the keepers of the oracle at Branchidae
  3. priest at an Egyptian temple
  4. one who interprets the ravings of an μάντις ‎(mántis, oracle)
    • 360 BCE, Plato, Timaeus 72.a
      ὅθεν δὴ καὶ τὸ τῶν προφητῶν γένος ἐπὶ ταῖς ἐνθέοις μαντείαις κριτὰς ἐπικαθιστάναι νόμος
      Wherefore also it is customary to set the tribe of prophets to pass judgement upon these inspired divinations.
  5. interpreter, proclaimer
    • 405 BCE, Euripides, The Bacchae 211
      ἐπεὶ σὺ φέγγος, Τειρεσία, τόδ᾽ οὐχ ὁρᾷς, ἐγὼ προφήτης σοι λόγων γενήσομαι
      Since you do not see this light, Teiresias, I will be your interpreter.
  6. (Christianity) prophet
    • New Testament, First Epistle to the Corinthians 14.32
      καὶ πνεύματα προφητῶν προφήταις ὑποτάσσεται
      The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
  7. herbalist
    • Ps.-Dsc. 1.10

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek προφήτης ‎(prophḗtēs).

Noun[edit]

προφήτης ‎(profítism ‎(plural προφήτες)

  1. prophet

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