One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to divination or prophecy.
prophetic, predictive, visionaryView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek mantikos, from mantis ‘prophet’.
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