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prophetic

Syllabification: pro·phet·ic
Pronunciation: /prəˈfedik
 
/

Definition of prophetic in English:

adjective

1Accurately describing or predicting what will happen in the future: his warnings proved prophetic
More example sentences
  • The photo finish judge was to prove his words prophetic.
  • Any writer can end up being prophetic, a predictor of the coming gloom.
  • And who are the most successfully prophetic when it comes to predicting the future?
2Of, relating to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy: the prophetic books of the Old Testament
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  • The prophetic books, especially, look forward to a return to this sort of paradise after the day of Judgement.
  • Isaiah marks the beginning of the prophetic books of the Old Testament.
  • He left Spain again, and in 1279 in Patras wrote his first prophetic book.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

prophetical

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • But this is the only factor absent from this prophetical jigsaw.
  • The authority of the Bible, as our rule of faith, is demonstrated by its own separate and independent evidences, literary history, moral, internal, prophetical.
  • His underlying point remains valid today, although, of course, we now hesitate to make historical statements about the narrative characters in the Elijah and Elisha prophetical stories.

prophetically

2
Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘Earthly lust leads to murder,’ warns the older monk prophetically, and we watch as the seasons advance, and the young man journeys towards a kind of fraught enlightenment.
  • Albert Einstein very prophetically said of the Mahatma, ‘Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this, ever in flesh and blood, walked upon this earth.’
  • Ustinov was only 17 when he took his bow in theatre and a year later he faced a movie camera in a film, prophetically titled ‘Hullo Fame’.

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