Definition of synoptic in English:

synoptic

Syllabification: syn·op·tic
Pronunciation: /səˈnäptik
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or forming a general summary or synopsis: a synoptic outline of the contents
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    • 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.
    • The final volume includes a directory of the 1400 contributors, a synoptic outline of contents, and a 61-page index.
    • We have written a brief synoptic introduction to each of the parts.
  • 1.1Taking or involving a comprehensive mental view: a synoptic model of higher education
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    • Finally, our model provides a more synoptic view of pilferage effects than found in any of these previous papers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 2Of or relating to the Synoptic Gospels.
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    • In John, although there are a few parabolic sayings, there are no parables comparable with the synoptic tradition.
    • Nevertheless, this impressive volume is another significant step forward in the challenge to the hegemony of ‘the Two Document hypothesis’ in synoptic studies.
    • 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.

noun

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  • The Synoptic Gospels.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • When God speaks in the Synoptics, God too uses ‘Bible-speak.’

Derivatives

synoptical

adjective
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  • The Earth's rotation regimes coincide with tide fluctuations and synoptical processes in the atmosphere.
  • Lowry's interpretation of his liberal education in support of personal motives illustrates the privilege embedded in the synoptical perspective that Iola adopts.
  • But as soon as participant data become available, the synoptical data are replaced.

synoptically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • The need to synoptically characterize physical and biological properties of this large, inhospitable and remote ocean over long time periods leads to the use of satellite data.
  • Only these ‘smart’ systems can allow us to think and act synoptically on a planetary scale.
  • The book concludes with an examination of applied ecology and of popular culture, again necessarily synoptically.

Origin

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

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