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Origin of mantic

First recorded in 1580–90, mantic is from the Greek word mantikós of a soothsayer, prophetic. See mantis, -ic
Related formsman·ti·cal·ly, adverb


  1. a combining form used in the formation of adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -mancy: necromantic. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of or relating to divination and prophecy
  2. having divining or prophetic powers
Derived Formsmantically, adverb

Word Origin for mantic

C19: from Greek mantikos prophetic, from mantis seer


adj combining form
  1. forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -mancynecromantic
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Word Origin and History for mantic

1850, from Greek mantikos "prophetic, oracular, of or for a soothsayer," from mantis "prophet," literally "one touched by divine madness" (see mantis). Related: Mantical (1580s).

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