pro·​phet·​ic | \ prə-ˈfe-tik How to pronounce prophetic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly prophetical \ prə-​ˈfe-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce prophetical (audio) \

Definition of prophetic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy
2 : foretelling events : predictive

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prophetically \ prə-​ˈfe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prophetically (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of prophetic in a Sentence

the prophetic books of the Old Testament in retrospect, those lower-than-expected sales numbers were a prophetic indicator of the financial trouble the company would soon be in
Recent Examples on the Web This warning proved prophetic: In the last few days, San Quentin has run low on cells with solid doors for isolating patients and is now trying to turn other housing units into COVID-19 wards. Jason Fagone,, "UC health experts: San Quentin coronavirus outbreak could pose threat to entire Bay Area," 24 June 2020 Its coinage feels both ancestral in its knowledge and prophetic in its ongoing necessity. Elizabeth Alexander, The New Yorker, "The Trayvon Generation," 15 June 2020 Garrido, who died two years ago following a stroke, proved prophetic. Brent Zwerneman,, "15 years into Rob Childress era, pitching a consistent strength for Texas A&M," 13 June 2020 The cry of the citizenry is a prophetic message: Where there is no justice, there will be no peace! Kweku Ramel Akyirefi Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: In Milwaukee's racial climate, there is a problem behind the problem that creates anarchy, chaos and division," 5 June 2020 All of which made the bankers seem almost prophetic. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Republican Congress members upset banks dropping support for fossil fuels," 11 May 2020 The safety, who spent half of last season with the Redskins, proved prophetic as the Bears went from one takeaway last week at Denver — their first of the season — to five in the win over the Redskins. Brad Biggs,, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on Bears’ 31-15 win over the Redskins in Week 3," 24 Sep. 2019 An exploration into the emerging techniques of biological surveillance and forensic DNA phenotyping, the series proved prophetic. S.h. | New York, The Economist, "Heather Dewey-Hagborg mixes biotechnology and art," 15 July 2019 Don’t Play With Me — Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) December 20, 2017 Theory: This one is pretty self-explanatory — and prophetic. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "The Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry has some cryptic tweets. Let’s try to make sense of them," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of prophetic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jul 2020

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“Prophetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prophetic

: correctly stating what will happen in the future
: of or relating to a prophet or to prophecy


pro·​phet·​ic | \ prə-ˈfe-tik How to pronounce prophetic (audio) \

Kids Definition of prophetic

1 : of or relating to a prophet or prophecy
2 : serving to foretell His cough was prophetic of an early death.— Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain

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