Definition of mantic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmantɪk/


Relating to divination or prophecy.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Suggests that intoxicating nectar may have inspired the mantic states of maenads and the Delphic oracle in ancient Greece.


Mid 19th century: from Greek mantikos, from mantis 'prophet'.

Words that rhyme with mantic

antic, Atlantic, corybantic, frantic, geomantic, gigantic, necromantic, pedantic, romantic, semantic, sycophantic, transatlantic
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