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 (prə-fĕt′ĭk) also pro·phet·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy: prophetic books.
2. Foretelling events as if by divine inspiration: casual words that proved prophetic.

pro·phet′i·cal·ly adv.
pro·phet′i·cal·ness n.


(prəˈfɛtɪk) or


1. of or relating to a prophet or prophecy
2. containing or of the nature of a prophecy; predictive
proˈphetically adv


(prəˈfɛt ɪk)

also pro•phet′i•cal,

1. of or pertaining to a prophet.
2. of the nature of or containing prophecy: prophetic writings.
3. having the function or powers of a prophet, as a person.
4. predictive; ominous: prophetic signs.
pro•phet′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prophetic - foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention; "prophetic writings"; "prophetic powers"; "words that proved prophetic"
unprophetic - not prophetic; not foreseeing correctly


adjective predictive, foreshadowing, presaging, prescient, divinatory, oracular, sibylline, prognostic, mantic, vatic (rare), augural, fatidic (rare) This ominous warning soon proved prophetic.


also prophetical
Of or relating to the foretelling of events by or as if by supernatural means:
تَنَبُّئي، تَكَهُّني، نَبَوي
spá-, spádóms-


[prəˈfetɪk] ADJprofético


[prəʊˈfɛtɪk] adjprophétique


adj, prophetically


[prəˈfɛtɪk] adjprofetico/a


(ˈprofəsi) plural ˈprophecies noun
1. the power of foretelling the future.
2. something that is foretold. He made many prophecies about the future.
ˈprophesy (-sai) verb
to foretell. He prophesied (that there would be) another war.
ˈprophet (-fit) feminine ˈprophetess noun
1. a person who (believes that he) is able to foretell the future.
2. a person who tells people what God wants, intends etc. the prophet Isaiah.
proˈphetic (-ˈfe-) adjective
proˈphetically adverb

prophecy is a noun: Her prophecy (not prophesy) came true.
prophesy is a verb: to prophesy (not prophecy) the future.
References in classic literature ?
asked asked Laurie, finding it hard to listen patiently to this prophetic burst.
he said, in low, hollow tones, that sounded like a voice charged with some prophetic mission: "the face of the Manitou is behind a cloud
There was always a prophetic instinct, a low whisper in my ear, that within no long period, and whenever a new change of custom should be essential to my good, change would come.
And yet the old squaw Tistig, at Gayhead, said that the name would somehow prove prophetic.
Be it what it may, it rested in the heart of Eva, a calm, sweet, prophetic certainty that Heaven was near; calm as the light of sunset, sweet as the bright stillness of autumn, there her little heart reposed, only troubled by sorrow for those who loved her so dearly.
Some expressions of truth are reminiscent--others merely SENSIBLE, as the phrase is,--others prophetic.
My liege, as clear as the vision of an eagle does my prophetic eye penetrate and lay bare the future of this world for nearly thirteen centuries and a half
This was not news, but now it was seen to have been sorrowfully prophetic, and a profound sensation quivered through the hushed courtroom when those dismal words were repeated.
Miss Garth's lips closed on that last sentence like a trap, and Miss Garth's eyes looked ominously prophetic into the matrimonial future.
Southcott had recently attained her five-and-twentieth blessed birthday, of whom a prophetic private in the Life Guards had heralded the sublime appearance by announcing that arrangements were made for the swallowing up of London and Westminster.
My mother was sitting by the fire, but poorly in health, and very low in spirits, looking at it through her tears, and desponding heavily about herself and the fatherless little stranger, who was already welcomed by some grosses of prophetic pins, in a drawer upstairs, to a world not at all excited on the subject of his arrival; my mother, I say, was sitting by the fire, that bright, windy March afternoon, very timid and sad, and very doubtful of ever coming alive out of the trial that was before her, when, lifting her eyes as she dried them, to the window opposite, she saw a strange lady coming up the garden.
However, since he seems a friend of yours, here goes--" And with the gladdest, most grateful sound in the world, the happy smack of a fish back home again in the water, after an appalling three minutes spent on land, that prophetic trout was once more an active unit in God's populous universe.