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prophetic

[pruh-fet-ik]
adjective
  1. of or relating to a prophet: prophetic inspiration.
  2. of the nature of or containing prophecy: prophetic writings.
  3. having the function or powers of a prophet, as a person.
  4. predictive; presageful or portentous; ominous: prophetic signs; prophetic warnings.
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Sometimes pro·phet·i·cal.

Origin of prophetic

1585–95; < Late Latin prophēticus < Greek prophētikós. See prophet, -ic
Related formspro·phet·i·cal·i·ty, pro·phet·i·cal·ness, nounpro·phet·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·pro·phet·ic, adjectivehy·per·pro·phet·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·pro·phet·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·pro·phet·ic, adjectivenon·pro·phet·i·cal, adjectivenon·pro·phet·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·pro·phet·ic, adjectivepost·pro·phet·i·cal, adjectivepre·pro·phet·ic, adjectivepseu·do·pro·phet·ic, adjectivepseu·do·pro·phet·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-pro·phet·ic, adjectivequa·si-pro·phet·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-pro·phet·i·cal·ly, adverbun·pro·phet·ic, adjectiveun·pro·phet·i·cal, adjectiveun·pro·phet·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for prophetically

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Historical Examples

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

    Typhoon

    Joseph Conrad

  • "It may yet be the means of saving some of your convictions," he said, prophetically.

  • But I would fain know what hath been prophetically revealed to her!

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

    Almayer's Folly

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Not if we are going to be prophetically accurate," said Henry.

    The Old Folks' Party

    Edward Bellamy


British Dictionary definitions for prophetically

prophetic

adjective
  1. of or relating to a prophet or prophecy
  2. containing or of the nature of a prophecy; predictive
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Derived Formsprophetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prophetically

prophetic

adj.

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.

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