[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. prophase,
  2. prophecy,
  3. prophesy,
  4. prophet,
  5. prophetess,
  6. prophets,
  7. prophylactic,
  8. prophylactic treatment,
  9. prophylaxis,
  10. propine

Sometimes pro·phet·i·cal.

Origin of prophetic

1585–95; < Late Latin prophēticus < Greek prophētikós. See prophet, -ic

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prophetic


/ (prəˈfɛtɪk) /


of or relating to a prophet or prophecy
containing or of the nature of a prophecy; predictive
Derived Formsprophetically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for prophetic



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