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

adj foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention

prophetic writings”
prophetic powers”
“words that proved prophetic
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
not prophetic; not foreseeing correctly
not offering prognostications
having no predictive value
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