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synoptic (sɪˈnɒptɪk Pronunciation for synoptic



  1. of or relating to a synopsis
  2. (often capital) (Bible)
    1. (of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke) presenting the narrative of Christ's life, ministry, etc from a point of view held in common by all three, and with close similarities in content, order, etc
    2. of, relating to, or characterizing these three Gospels
  3. (meteorology) showing or concerned with the distribution of meteorological conditions over a wide area at a given time   ⇒ a synoptic chart


  1. (often capital) (Bible)
    1. any of the three synoptic Gospels
    2. any of the authors of these three Gospels

Derived Forms

synˈoptically adverb
synˈoptist noun

Word Origin

C18: from Greek sunoptikos, from synopsis

Example Sentences Including 'synoptic'

He was, however, a master of the succinct, synoptic introductory essay.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
His first choice was `Cum ipso in monte" (With him on the mountainside) from the synoptic account of the Transfiguration.
Hebblethwaite, Peter Paul VI - The First Modern Pope
Through synoptic reading and mind mapping each book it became clear that there was a gap in the market.
Independent (1999)


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