Definition of synoptic in English:



  • 1Of or forming a general summary or synopsis.

    ‘a synoptic outline of the contents’
    • ‘These two sites, with fat files of stars, listed in alphabetical order by first name, offer a synoptic pictorial history of actresses in various states of dishabille.’
    • ‘Their more synoptic character is emblematic of an important style of history and they are excellent examples of the genre.’
    • ‘We have written a brief synoptic introduction to each of the parts.’
    • ‘The discussions of surgical pathology are comprehensive, while as might be expected in a surgical pathology atlas, the biochemical discussions are brief and synoptic.’
    • ‘During the course of the twentieth century, as Wells predicted, new synoptic accounts of world history came forward to take the place of his outline.’
    • ‘Anything that deals with 5000 years in one volume has to be a synoptic work, says John modestly, for however much one might fill it with scholarly referencing one can but touch the surface.’
    • ‘However, even if we put aside concerns about sampling, biologically different patterns at different taxonomic levels are expected on theoretical grounds and do appear in traditional synoptic compilations.’
    • ‘As the crew goes through the checklist, a synoptic diagram of the affected system is displayed.’
    • ‘The Epilogue provides a synoptic survey of the growth of Sikh faith and its consolidation in one of the most turbulent periods of the Indian history.’
    • ‘I probably felt more confident going into the synoptic paper than I did the other two papers, despite feeling like I'd forgotten everything.’
    • ‘The treatment is necessarily brief and synoptic, identifying outstanding problems.’
    • ‘The chapter seems more like a review than a synthesis, and I found myself more than once wishing for a more crisp, synoptic summary of the primary arguments of the schools and of the chapter.’
    • ‘There will probably be a whopper of a question about it on the synoptic paper instead.’
    • ‘This section is a brilliant synoptic overview of critical approaches and theoretical rhetoric.’
    • ‘These may or may not include the single, synoptic work that will explain B's existence and the secret of his work, and it may also help solve the mystery of B's suicide.’
    • ‘This is a thorough yet reader-friendly book, with just fewer than 400 pages of text and hundreds of outstanding color micrographs, synoptic tables, lists, and charts.’
    • ‘The final volume includes a directory of the 1400 contributors, a synoptic outline of contents, and a 61-page index.’
    concise, short, brief, succinct, to the point, compact, terse, curt, summary, outline, crisp, short and sweet, quick, rapid, pithy, epigrammatic, laconic, pointed, abridged, abbreviated, condensed, compendious, summarized, contracted, curtailed, truncated, potted
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    1. 1.1 Taking or involving a comprehensive mental view.
      ‘a synoptic model of higher education’
      • ‘Oracles become quite different things when they are removed from live time, and viewed under a synoptic gaze in the dead time of history now passed, in closed narratives, done and dusted, with closing credits and ‘The End’ at the end.’
      • ‘The search for a single, synoptic view of the relationship between religion and war must be fruitless.’
      • ‘Philosophers used to think that the point of their discipline was to attain a synoptic vision - to see how everything hangs together.’
      • ‘As expected, both gastropods and bivalves show remarkably similar Ordovician diversity trajectories on a global scale, thus lending support to the synoptic model of global evolutionary faunas.’
      • ‘Finally, our model provides a more synoptic view of pilferage effects than found in any of these previous papers.’
      • ‘To belong to a place, Joyce suggests, one must have both intimate knowledge and skeptical distance, the particulate experience of the street along with the synoptic view of the map.’
      • ‘Also, it favors the microscopic analysis over the synoptic view, which means that concepts, their meanings, and connotations are put in the spotlight, whereas the treatises in which they figure remain in the shadows.’
      • ‘When information and decision-making powers are distributed across many people, individual actors only see a small piece of the action, and it is hard for them to get a synoptic view of what is going on and why it is going on.’
      • ‘Churchland's strengths lie primarily in her synoptic view of the behavioral sciences.’
      concise, succinct, terse, pithy, aphoristic, compact, condensed, compressed, short, brief
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  • 2Relating to the Synoptic Gospels.

    • ‘This is the neighbor love of the second of the great commandments Jesus describes in the synoptic accounts.’
    • ‘In John, although there are a few parabolic sayings, there are no parables comparable with the synoptic tradition.’
    • ‘Some years ago, as noted above, a group of new testament scholars invited a group of secular and classical scholars to evaluate theories of synoptic dependence.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, this impressive volume is another significant step forward in the challenge to the hegemony of ‘the Two Document hypothesis’ in synoptic studies.’
    • ‘The author knows well that its existence has become a foundation for synoptic studies and the historical Jesus.’
    • ‘John's gospel is not considered synoptic as it contains 92% unique material from the other three.’
    • ‘These highly Lucan traditions about Mary do not prevent him from inserting in another place the synoptic tradition valuing Mary on a different, common ground.’
    • ‘The practical result was that a semicontinuous reading of a synoptic gospel in each of the three years in the sequence Matthew, Mark and Luke was interrupted by the insertion of some readings from John.’
    • ‘Indeed, whether or not it was part of a collection of sayings gathered within this text, it does not explain in itself why it was kept within the synoptic composition.’
    • ‘This description of the hostility which meets the ‘righteous poor man’ is a prophetic description of the Passion of Christ (and one clearly in the backs of the minds of the synoptic writers).’
    • ‘It is precisely this complex of ideas in the oldest layer of the synoptic tradition which is the object of our consideration.’
    • ‘Jesus' friend Lazarus in John's Gospel, (written for readers likely already familiar with the synoptic rich man parable) I think, is that same Lazarus who was indeed sent back from the dead.’


  • The Synoptic Gospels.

    • ‘Passages from Exodus, Ruth, Ezekiel, 2 Samuel, and 1 Chronicles are balanced by those from the Synoptics.’
    • ‘Bauer's critique of John convinced him that the gospel narrative was a purely literary product, and he now argued that the Synoptics too contained no historically authentic material.’
    • ‘Jesus' words on divorce appear in other parts of the Synoptics.’
    • ‘In the synoptics, he is spat upon, blindfolded, struck on the face, and slapped (Matt. 26: 67-68, Mark 14: 65; Luke 22: 63-65).’
    • ‘This is testified not only in the Synoptics, but also in John, the new testament letters, Josephus, and Tacitus.’
    • ‘Further, he pays little attention to books of the New Testament beyond the synoptics, John, and the authentic letters of Paul.’
    • ‘In the Synoptics, the most characteristic form is the parable: a fresh, pithy, and often paradoxical story set in the everyday world of Jesus' time, and used above all to develop Jesus' key theme: the kingdom of God.’
    • ‘He was the first person to ask about the intentions of Jesus, and one of the first to raise serious questions about the relationship of John's gospel to the synoptics.’
    • ‘A quick glance at Priest's index assures us that the King James Version doesn't mention Bartholomew, at least not in the Synoptics.’
    • ‘A related argument in this regard is that only John's Gospel portrays Jesus as claiming to be God; and since it is later than the Synoptics, the claims are the result of an evolution in Christian theology.’
    • ‘This is more than the occurrences in the synoptics combined.’
    • ‘When God speaks in the Synoptics, God too uses ‘Bible-speak.’’
    • ‘And, of course, there is nothing apocalyptic about any of the discourses found in the Synoptics.’


Early 17th century: from Greek sunoptikos, from sunopsis (see synopsis).