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

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Lang was speaking generally about the fact that Will, Kate, and their St. Andrews classmates could meet their future spouses at the school, but the speech still reads as prophetic today. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Head of Prince William and Kate Middleton's College Predicted Their Marriage," 4 May 2019 During his welcoming address to students when Will and Kate were freshmen, Lang made some pretty prophetic statements about their future. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Head of Prince William and Kate Middleton's College Predicted Their Marriage," 4 May 2019 The book’s occasional character, far from rendering it ephemeral, gives it a prophetic immediacy. Edward Short, WSJ, "Eloquence in Defense of Order," 8 Mar. 2019 Immediately, the miniseries gets this story underway as tiny rabbit Fiver (Nicholas Hoult) has a prophetic vision of rabbits being chopped in half by bulldozers and fields welling with blood, bringing to mind the elevator in The Shining. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s new Watership Down proves the beloved children’s classic was a horror story all along," 30 Dec. 2018 Still, some critics have wondered whether the series goes too far—whether its uncanny, occasionally prophetic mirror image of our own world provides enough meaning to justify sitting through all that misery and violence. Laura Bradley, HWD, "The Handmaid’s Tale Writer Breaks Down the Series’s Most Brutal Episode Yet," 20 June 2018 In some service industries, these concerns have proven prophetic. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Sex doll brothels are now a thing. What will happen to real-life sex workers?," 26 Nov. 2018 This might be a more prophetic line than GLOW intended. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Marc Maron Is Great in GLOW, and Maybe That’s a Problem," 29 June 2018 Reiter’s words, of course, proved prophetic when the Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in a seven-game thriller last fall to seal the deal. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'Astroball': How the Houston Astros climbed from baseball's basement to champions," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of prophetic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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