One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A false prophet; a person who pretends to be a prophet or makes false prophecies; one who is erroneously acknowledged as a prophet.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Wyclif (d. 1384), theologian, philosopher, and religious reformer. From pseudo- + prophet, after post-classical Latin pseudopropheta false prophet and its etymon Hellenistic Greek ψευδοπροϕήτης (New Testament: Matthew 24:11).
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