American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy: prophetic books.
- adj. Foretelling events as if by divine inspiration: casual words that proved prophetic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining or relating to a prophet or to prophecy; having the character of prophecy; containing prophecy: as, prophetic writings.
- Presageful; predictive: with of before the thing foretold.
- Anticipative; having or tending to a presentiment or an intuitive discernment of the future.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Containing, or pertaining to, prophecy; foretelling events; ; -- used with
ofbefore the thing foretold.
- adj. foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention
- Latin propheticus, Ancient Greek προφητικός (prophētikos): compare French prophétique. (Wiktionary)
“His name has been synonymous with the phrase "prophetic imagination" for three decades of preachers and Christian teachers.”
“Note the use of the term prophetic by both, with its complex of connotations quite at odds with the grounding in science — religion and rapture, voices and visions, the conjuring otherwise known as fantasy defined, for the moment, not in terms of literature but in terms of psychology: the sustained fancy; the ludic or oneiric imagining; from the Greek phantasia; a making visible.”
“But what we shall be saying about it depends largely, I suppose, upon our definition of the term prophetic; also a little upon our feeling with regard to good taste and the permissible in fiction.”
“And I open it as a pastor and a professor who comes from a long tradition of what I call the prophetic theology of the black church.”
“He speaks about God from what we call the prophetic posture.”
“ In 2003, Tamaki, in what he described as a prophetic utterance, predicted that Destiny would be "ruling the nation" within five years.”
“But Mrs. Whishtablount knew a thing or two about religious people, especially the dangerous crowds that milled around in prophetic theme parks, and she alone realized the danger in which Santa now found himself.”
“Last Day, the preterite for the future in prophetic style.”
“Mr. Davis, as if in prophetic vision, seemed to take in at a glance our growing and glorious Republic with its vine-clad hills, its mill-strewn vales, its sunlit homes, its wire-woven, iron-bound lands, and sail-wreathed oceans.”
“As an expression of what some call his prophetic mood, and others his ranting, one who has patience might try _Shooting Niagara_ or the _Latter Day”
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