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synoptic (sɪˈnɒptɪk



  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


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