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adjective syn·op·tic \sə-ˈnäp-tik\

Definition of synoptic

  1. 1 :  affording a general view of a whole

  2. 2 :  manifesting or characterized by comprehensiveness or breadth of view

  3. 3 :  presenting or taking the same or common view; specifically often capitalized :  of or relating to the first three Gospels of the New Testament

  4. 4 :  relating to or displaying conditions (as of the atmosphere or weather) as they exist simultaneously over a broad area

synoptically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of synoptic

also synoptical play \-ti-kəl\

Origin of synoptic

Greek synoptikos, from synopsesthai

First Known Use: 1763

Rhymes with synoptic

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