synoptic

adjective
syn·​op·​tic | \ sə-ˈnäp-tik How to pronounce synoptic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly synoptical \ sə-​ˈnäp-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce synoptic (audio) \

Definition of synoptic

1 : affording a general view of a whole
2 : manifesting or characterized by comprehensiveness or breadth of view
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 : relating to or displaying conditions (as of the atmosphere or weather) as they exist simultaneously over a broad area

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Other Words from synoptic

synoptically \ sə-​ˈnäp-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce synoptic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of synoptic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No sentimental response is possible in the evocation of vast, rock-hard realities that have come down, for an instant, to one synoptic point. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Dorothea Lange and Félix Fénéon at MOMA, and Online," 11 May 2020 With their bloops, bleeps and bizarro version of the synoptic gospels, these concept albums ultimately describe an epic battle for the soul of the universe that encompasses Lucifer’s fall, Christ’s passion and the coming Armageddon. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Electric Lucifer,’ or the Passion of the Bleep Bloop Beep," 10 Jan. 2018 With their bloops, bleeps and bizarro version of the synoptic gospels, these concept albums ultimately describe an epic battle for the soul of the universe that encompasses Lucifer’s fall, Christ’s passion and the coming Armageddon. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Electric Lucifer,’ or the Passion of the Bleep Bloop Beep," 10 Jan. 2018 But Satterfield’s expertise in the field of science extends far beyond the reaches of synoptic forecasting. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Standing out in the crowd: Here are 7 of the nation’s coolest TV meteorologists," 1 Nov. 2017 The record reflects how the most extreme among them, who relied on Krieger’s synoptic scholarship, were especially drawn to American legal codes based on white supremacy. Ira Katznelson, The Atlantic, "What America Taught the Nazis," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of synoptic

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synoptic

Greek synoptikos, from synopsesthai

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“Synoptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synoptic. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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