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synoptic

[si-nop-tik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or constituting a synopsis; affording or taking a general view of the principal parts of a subject.
  2. (often initial capital letter) taking a common view: used chiefly in reference to the first three Gospels (synoptic Gospels), Matthew, Mark, and Luke, from their similarity in content, order, and statement.
  3. (often initial capital letter) pertaining to the synoptic Gospels.
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Sometimes syn·op·ti·cal.

Origin of synoptic

1755–65; < Greek synoptikós, equivalent to synop- (see synopsis) + -tikos -tic
Related formssyn·op·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·syn·op·tic, adjective, nounnon·syn·op·ti·cal, adjectivenon·syn·op·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for synoptic

synoptic

adjective
  1. of or relating to a synopsis
  2. (often capital) Bible
    1. (of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke) presenting the narrative of Christ's life, ministry, etc from a point of view held in common by all three, and with close similarities in content, order, etc
    2. of, relating to, or characterizing these three Gospels
  3. meteorol showing or concerned with the distribution of meteorological conditions over a wide area at a given timea synoptic chart
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noun
  1. (often capital) Bible
    1. any of the three synoptic Gospels
    2. any of the authors of these three Gospels
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Derived Formssynoptically, adverbsynoptist, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Greek sunoptikos, from synopsis
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Word Origin and History for synoptic

adj.

1763, from Modern Latin synopticus, from Greek synoptikos, from synopsis (see synopsis). Specifically of the first three Gospels from 1841, on notion of "giving an account of events from the same point of view."

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