One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to divination or prophecy.
prophetic, predictive, visionaryView synonyms
- ‘By watching snakes, Polyidus goes on to divine a way to bring the boy back to life, teaches him his mantic art, and then, as he is leaving Crete, unteaches him by getting him to spit into his mouth.’
- ‘If it is not quite the sign of its realisation, the plague-stricken town is the mantic diagram of power through which the Renaissance might glimpse the panoptic society to come.’
- ‘While the early Greeks emphasised mantic or inspired behaviour, it was never practised by Romans.’
- ‘Suggests that intoxicating nectar may have inspired the mantic states of maenads and the Delphic oracle in ancient Greece.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek mantikos, from mantis ‘prophet’.
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