pro·​phet·​ic | \ prə-ˈfe-tik How to pronounce prophetic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly prophetical \ prə-​ˈfe-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce prophetic (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 prophetic (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 His advice was largely ignored, but proved prophetic. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 This turned out to be unintentionally prophetic, as Microsoft announced last month that Windows 10X — an OS built from the ground up to run on dual-screen devices — had been axed. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 2 June 2021 Four months later, the coach’s words proved prophetic. Mike Berardino, Forbes, 31 May 2021 In hindsight, those words were almost prophetic — emphasis on almost (thank God). Chancellor Agard,, 18 May 2021 That mission failed, of course, but Pio Laghi’s warning proved prophetic: Iraq and much of the region descended into war and chaos, with consequences foreseen and unforeseen. Andrew Doran, National Review, 25 Apr. 2021 And when Utah went out and dropped 40 first-quarter points on the Wolves in Saturday’s rematch, the sixth man’s proclamations that his team was far superior now against such defenses looked prophetic and accurate. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 As Knight was prophetic at halftime of the title game, his words at the championship celebration at Assembly Hall would ring true, as well. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2021 Her words proved prophetic as Maryland beat Duke in the ACC tournament and zipped through the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament. Childs Walker,, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of prophetic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prophetic

Middle English prophetyk, borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French prophetique, borrowed from Late Latin prophēticus, borrowed from Greek prophētikós, from prophḗtēs prophet + -ikos -ic entry 1

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The first known use of prophetic was in the 15th century

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16 Jun 2021

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“Prophetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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