Definition of prophetic in English:



  • 1Accurately predicting what will happen in the future.

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

    ‘the prophetic books of the Old Testament’
    • ‘The majority occur in the prophetic genre where often these words have a symbolic meaning of blessing or judgment.’
    • ‘The prophetic books, especially, look forward to a return to this sort of paradise after the day of Judgement.’
    • ‘I could never keep straight the prophetic meanings found in the Books of Daniel and Revelation.’
    • ‘I have tried to show how the philosopher retains his prophetic character.’
    • ‘The book's second half focuses on the ethics of prophetic and apocalyptic literature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have a keen psychic sensitivity, and you express your creativity in prophetic or intuitive ways; you are in tune spiritually.’
    • ‘He clear vision, prophetic spirit and idiosyncratic musical style stand out in the Australian musical world.’
    • ‘At the core of the prophetic text we find a word which seems contradictory, at least at first sight.’
    • ‘Central to the prophetic tradition is its critique of religious rituals, beliefs and those who enforce them.’
    • ‘Can we interpret their prophetic vision in a Scottish context?’
    • ‘Isaiah marks the beginning of the prophetic books of the Old Testament.’
    • ‘Dangerous times call for bold acts of empathy, prophetic visions of justice and mercy.’
    • ‘Ultimately, anagogically, linear time ceases to hold sway and the prophetic soul perceives past, present and future as one.’
    • ‘The prophetic discourse characterized the people as the agent of social change.’
    • ‘The Book of Revelation gives a prophetic description of the end of the world.’
    • ‘But alongside his prophetic insights were many idiosyncratic and sometimes silly arguments.’
    • ‘He left Spain again, and in 1279 in Patras wrote his first prophetic book.’
    • ‘Their work had an oracular or prophetic immediacy for a civilian population generally starved of real news about the war.’
    prescient, predictive, prophetical, far-seeing, prognostic, divinatory, oracular, sibylline, apocalyptic, fateful, revelatory, inspired
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Late 15th century: from French prophétique or late Latin propheticus, from Greek prophētikos ‘predicting’ (see prophet).