Definition of prophetic in US English:



  • 1Accurately describing or predicting what will happen in the future.

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

    ‘the prophetic books of the Old Testament’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The majority occur in the prophetic genre where often these words have a symbolic meaning of blessing or judgment.’
    • ‘He left Spain again, and in 1279 in Patras wrote his first prophetic book.’
    • ‘I could never keep straight the prophetic meanings found in the Books of Daniel and Revelation.’
    • ‘The prophetic books, especially, look forward to a return to this sort of paradise after the day of Judgement.’
    • ‘But alongside his prophetic insights were many idiosyncratic and sometimes silly arguments.’
    • ‘You have a keen psychic sensitivity, and you express your creativity in prophetic or intuitive ways; you are in tune spiritually.’
    • ‘I have tried to show how the philosopher retains his prophetic character.’
    • ‘The prophetic discourse characterized the people as the agent of social change.’
    • ‘Can we interpret their prophetic vision in a Scottish context?’
    • ‘At the core of the prophetic text we find a word which seems contradictory, at least at first sight.’
    • ‘He clear vision, prophetic spirit and idiosyncratic musical style stand out in the Australian musical world.’
    • ‘Dangerous times call for bold acts of empathy, prophetic visions of justice and mercy.’
    • ‘Their work had an oracular or prophetic immediacy for a civilian population generally starved of real news about the war.’
    • ‘The book's second half focuses on the ethics of prophetic and apocalyptic literature.’
    • ‘Ultimately, anagogically, linear time ceases to hold sway and the prophetic soul perceives past, present and future as one.’
    • ‘The Book of Revelation gives a prophetic description of the end of the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).