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[pruh-fet-ik] /prəˈfɛt ɪk/
of or relating to a prophet:
prophetic inspiration.
of the nature of or containing prophecy:
prophetic writings.
having the function or powers of a prophet, as a person.
predictive; presageful or portentous; ominous:
prophetic signs; prophetic warnings.
Origin of prophetic
1585-95; < Late Latin prophēticus < Greek prophētikós. See prophet, -ic
Related forms
propheticality, propheticalness, noun
prophetically, adverb
hyperprophetic, adjective
hyperprophetical, adjective
hyperprophetically, adverb
nonprophetic, adjective
nonprophetical, adjective
nonprophetically, adverb
postprophetic, adjective
postprophetical, adjective
preprophetic, adjective
pseudoprophetic, adjective
pseudoprophetical, adjective
quasi-prophetic, adjective
quasi-prophetical, adjective
quasi-prophetically, adverb
unprophetic, adjective
unprophetical, adjective
unprophetically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Success requires that the provost operate more as a pragmatic manager than a prophetic visionary.
  • Nevertheless, he was a prophetic figure for later generations of painters.
  • Surely, a prophetic work within and without science.
  • So there is some creative reworking of some vague language, but nothing specific and nothing prophetic.
  • After all, they freely take a figurative approach to poetic and prophetic and apocalyptic texts.
  • If you get a chance and need a break from real science this is a fun book and prophetic in many ways.
  • For them prophecy is an everyday reality, and many independent denominations trace their foundation to direct prophetic authority.
  • But years from now his will seem the more prophetic statement.
  • It's a prophetic and frighteningly original piece of music.
  • The business manager's plea was symptomatic and prophetic.
British Dictionary definitions for prophetic


of or relating to a prophet or prophecy
containing or of the nature of a prophecy; predictive
Derived Forms
prophetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prophetic

late 15c., from Middle French prophétique (15c.) and directly from Late Latin propheticus, from Greek prophetikos "pertaining to a prophet, oracular," from prophetes (see prophet). Related: Prophetical (mid-15c.); prophetically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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