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[pruh-fet-ik] /prəˈfɛt ɪk/
of or relating to a prophet:
prophetic inspiration.
of the nature of or containing prophecy:
prophetic writings.
having the function or powers of a prophet, as a person.
predictive; presageful or portentous; ominous:
prophetic signs; prophetic warnings.
Sometimes, prophetical.
Origin of prophetic
1585-95; < Late Latin prophēticus < Greek prophētikós. See prophet, -ic
Related forms
propheticality, propheticalness, noun
prophetically, adverb
hyperprophetic, adjective
hyperprophetical, adjective
hyperprophetically, adverb
nonprophetic, adjective
nonprophetical, adjective
nonprophetically, adverb
postprophetic, adjective
postprophetical, adjective
preprophetic, adjective
pseudoprophetic, adjective
pseudoprophetical, adjective
quasi-prophetic, adjective
quasi-prophetical, adjective
quasi-prophetically, adverb
unprophetic, adjective
unprophetical, adjective
unprophetically, adverb Unabridged
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  • She was Renee, the girl of whom he had prophetically said that she must come to regrets and tears.

  • "The trouble's not over yet," insisted Jukes, prophetically, reeling and catching on.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • “No, you will not return,” muttered Mrs. Almayer, prophetically.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • But I would fain know what hath been prophetically revealed to her!

  • Now, what he had prophetically anticipated had become a terrible reality for hundreds of millions of human beings.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
  • "Both of you will live to a good old age," said Giovanni prophetically.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • "You will see fighting enough one of these days," said Hal prophetically.

  • Perhaps he knew better than we how prophetically he was speaking.

British Dictionary definitions for prophetically


of or relating to a prophet or prophecy
containing or of the nature of a prophecy; predictive
Derived Forms
prophetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prophetically



late 15c., from Middle French prophétique (15c.) and directly from Late Latin propheticus, from Greek prophetikos "pertaining to a prophet, oracular," from prophetes (see prophet). Related: Prophetical (mid-15c.); prophetically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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