If you make a prediction and it comes true, your words were prophetic. Like the time you warned your dad against eating a whole box of donuts. He got sick, right? That was a prophetic warning.

The adjective prophetic traces all the way back to the Greek word prophētikos, meaning "predicting." You know who's really good at predicting stuff? Prophets. Usually, prophetic is used to describe a thing — like a warning, a feeling, or a complaint — rather than a person.

Definitions of prophetic
  1. adjective
    foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention
    prophetic writings”
    prophetic powers”
    “words that proved prophetic
    synonyms: prophetical
    adumbrative, foreshadowing, prefigurative
    indistinctly prophetic
    apocalyptic, apocalyptical, revelatory
    prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom
    clairvoyant, precognitive, second-sighted
    foreseeing the future
    Delphic, oracular
    obscurely prophetic
    divinatory, mantic, sibyllic, sibylline, vatic, vatical
    resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy
    fateful, foreboding, portentous
    ominously prophetic
    precursory, premonitory
    warning of future misfortune
    predictive, prognostic, prognosticative
    of or relating to prediction; having value for making predictions
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    not prophetic; not foreseeing correctly
    not offering prognostications
    having no predictive value
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