Definition of prophetic in English:

prophetic

adjective

  • 1Accurately predicting what will happen in the future.

    ‘his warnings proved prophetic’
    • ‘His words sound eerily prophetic for the situation today.’
    • ‘Well, it was eerily prophetic.’
    • ‘His words looked to have a prophetic ring as the Scots came of age in an enthralling and ebbing battle of two sporting codes.’
    • ‘His visionary voice is potentially stifled by sorrow and grief, and he attempts to contain that dangerous erosion of his prophetic vision.’
    • ‘Was it all a dream, or a prophetic vision of warning?’
    • ‘And who are the most successfully prophetic when it comes to predicting the future?’
    • ‘The debacle at the Dome has proved to be prophetic.’
    • ‘Any writer can end up being prophetic, a predictor of the coming gloom.’
    • ‘He was a prophetic poet with an individual and social message for the age in which he lived.’
    • ‘On his next run, after a circuit or so of Exeter, my words were confirmed as cruelly prophetic.’
    • ‘Sometimes I try to think about having prophetic dreams, but it never happens.’
    • ‘His words prove prophetic, as the kid are left disappointed.’
    • ‘How prophetic those words were, especially the last two points, written in 1966!’
    • ‘If they're right they can pull their dusty prediction out of the archives and look prophetic.’
    • ‘How about the Norse practice of dancing until going into a trance to be able to gain prophetic insights?’
    • ‘The photo finish judge was to prove his words prophetic.’
    • ‘Yet in the context of 1935, the closing words also seem strangely prophetic.’
    • ‘There can be no question that the church assumed itself capable of authoritative prophetic utterances.’
    • ‘Dreamers might also experience prophetic dreams that they would convey to others to forestall danger.’
    • ‘These events function as pessimistic and prophetic metaphors, not optimistic of the future.’
    predictive, visionary
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  • 2Relating to or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy.

    ‘the prophetic books of the Old Testament’
    • ‘I could never keep straight the prophetic meanings found in the Books of Daniel and Revelation.’
    • ‘The prophetic discourse characterized the people as the agent of social change.’
    • ‘Ultimately, anagogically, linear time ceases to hold sway and the prophetic soul perceives past, present and future as one.’
    • ‘Isaiah marks the beginning of the prophetic books of the Old Testament.’
    • ‘Central to the prophetic tradition is its critique of religious rituals, beliefs and those who enforce them.’
    • ‘Their work had an oracular or prophetic immediacy for a civilian population generally starved of real news about the war.’
    • ‘The Book of Revelation gives a prophetic description of the end of the world.’
    • ‘He left Spain again, and in 1279 in Patras wrote his first prophetic book.’
    • ‘Dangerous times call for bold acts of empathy, prophetic visions of justice and mercy.’
    • ‘He clear vision, prophetic spirit and idiosyncratic musical style stand out in the Australian musical world.’
    • ‘You have a keen psychic sensitivity, and you express your creativity in prophetic or intuitive ways; you are in tune spiritually.’
    • ‘The prophetic books, especially, look forward to a return to this sort of paradise after the day of Judgement.’
    • ‘The book's second half focuses on the ethics of prophetic and apocalyptic literature.’
    • ‘At the core of the prophetic text we find a word which seems contradictory, at least at first sight.’
    • ‘The second time around, she fulfilled her desire to anoint His head as well, this time not as an act of repentance, but as an act of love and prophetic insight.’
    • ‘I have tried to show how the philosopher retains his prophetic character.’
    • ‘But alongside his prophetic insights were many idiosyncratic and sometimes silly arguments.’
    • ‘Can we interpret their prophetic vision in a Scottish context?’
    • ‘The majority occur in the prophetic genre where often these words have a symbolic meaning of blessing or judgment.’
    prescient, predictive, prophetical, far-seeing, prognostic, divinatory, oracular, sibylline, apocalyptic, fateful, revelatory, inspired
    vatic, mantic, vaticinal, vaticinatory, prognosticative, augural, adumbrative, fatidic, fatidical
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Origin

Late 15th century: from French prophétique or late Latin propheticus, from Greek prophētikos predicting (see prophet).

Pronunciation:

prophetic

/prəˈfɛtɪk/