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  1. of or relating to divination.
  2. having the power of divination.
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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.
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Historical Examples

  • Nor have I meddled with the Mantic lately: nor does what you say encourage me to do so.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald

    Edward FitzGerald

  • His mantic function does not necessarily show that he was a ghost.

  • Mary says he's 'mantic like, as she calls it, but I don't believe it's no sich thing.

    I've Been Thinking;

    Azel Stevens Roe

  • Indeed, this word phrenetic or maniac is no reproach; it is identical with mantic --prophetic.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy

    Benjamin Franklin Cocker

  • Meanwhile also I keep putting into shape some of that Mantic which however would never do to publish.

British Dictionary definitions for mantic


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

Word Origin

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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