Origin of manticClassical Greek mantikos ; from mantis, seer, soothsayer: see mantis
Origin of -mantic; from Classical Greek mantikos: see mantic
Origin of manticGreek mantikos, from mantis, seer; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more mantic, superlative most mantic)
- Relating to divination; prophetic.
- 1921, Sir William Osler, The Evolution of Modern Medicine - [H]e casts his horoscope secundum artem, then, taking a branch of tamarisk, a favorite tree from which to get the divining rod, he names some twenty-nine or thirty mantic arts, from pyromancy to necromancy, by which he offers to predict his future.
Ancient Greek μαντικός (mantikos), from μάντις (mantis, “seer, soothsayer”), from μαίνομαι (mainomai, “I am mad, raving”).