Word of the Week: prescient (PRĔSH-ənt)


(Adjective) Having foreknowledge or foresight; foreseeing.

In Context

“In 1984, written in 1948, George Orwell left a prescient description of the sort of totalitarian architecture that would soon dominate the Communist bloc, imposing and hideous: the Ministry of Truth, an ‘enormous, pyramidal structure of white concrete, soaring up terrace after terrace, three hundred metres into the air . . .’”

Ben Macintyre, “Look on Those Monuments to Megalomania, and Despair,” The Times, March 30, 2007.