Definition of prophetess in US English:



  • A female prophet.

    • ‘We get to Judges and we see the story of Deborah (a prophetess: one who acts as the voice of God to the people), wholly called and equipped by God to lead Israel.’
    • ‘In Ezekiel 13: 17-20, for example, God condemns certain false prophetesses, or sorceresses.’
    • ‘In addition, the prophetess of ‘anti-globalisation’ now hates the word.’
    • ‘When they are to arrive in Italy they are to seek out a prophetess called the Sibyl at Cumae.’
    • ‘We're told she's a prophetess in Richard III and that she has tremendous accuracy.’
    • ‘Methinks it's she who fancies herself as the ignored prophetess who's in the end proved correct by the events.’
    • ‘After a series of grammatical errors and further assaults on the English language he brought his spirited sermon to an end and introduced to the pulpit a trendy-looking prophetess named Marline.’
    • ‘He allowed that good philosophy could be extracted at shrines from inspired oracles uttered by Apollo through his prophetesses.’
    • ‘At the time of the birth of the Christ, Anna was a prophetess who was at the Temple when the Messiah was brought there as an infant.’
    • ‘Otherwise a severe eschatological affliction awaits her and her children, the spiritual followers of the prophetess.’
    • ‘Wouldn't it be easier just to ask the prophetess to consult her little psychic ability?’
    • ‘Is the little prophetess spreading her little stories around again?’
    • ‘I have spent a good deal of the last three and a half years researching the Sibyl of Cumae, the pagan prophetess of classical antiquity said by Virgil to write her oracles on leaves.’
    • ‘The prophetesses peer into the future, and see nothing untoward, but they, too, dream and awake screaming.’
    • ‘Their raft grounded at the peak of Mount Parnassus, and they immediately gave thanks to the gods of the mountain and to the prophetess Themis, guardian of the oracle.’
    • ‘We also know that women had their own role in the church, and that from very early on there were particular groups of charismatic women, such as the prophetesses, the deacons, the widows, the virgins, and so on.’
    • ‘The path the woman had followed had disappeared; the place she had arrived at was too holy for anyone to tread on unless for the purpose of taking an offering to the prophetess.’
    • ‘In book three, Helenus tells Aeneas and his men that they must seek their future from the inspired prophetess of Cumae, who spells out the decree of the fates on the fragile parchment of leaves.’
    • ‘And do you think that Lyissa will become a prophetess herself?’
    • ‘As it is written by the prophetesses of ancient times, the original followers of the Lesbite Code of Sappho were scattered to the four corners of the earth, divided into 12 tribes, led into exile by the high priestesses.’
    seer, soothsayer, forecaster of the future, fortune teller, clairvoyant, prognosticator, prophesier, diviner
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