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vaticinate Line breaks: va¦ti¦cin|ate
Pronunciation: /vaˈtɪsɪneɪt/

Definition of vaticinate in English:


[no object] rare
Foretell the future: he vaticinated a period of peace for the continent he spent much of his time vaticinating on learned panels
More example sentences
  • The experts vaticinate that, in some years, the European electrical sector will be reduced to five or six groups.
  • In 6 B.C. he proceeded against the Pharisees who had vaticinated that, with the birth of the Messiah, the reign of Herod would come to the end.


Example sentences
  • Economists in our day try to utter all kinds of vaticinal projections about the future.
  • She is a substantial, auburn-haired woman of middle years whose vaticinal gifts extend from prose to painting.
Pronunciation: /vatɪsɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Every grim vaticination made by Malthus turned out to be wrong.
  • He composed poems on a number of subjects, including eulogy, request poetry, nature and love poetry, and vaticination as well as religious poetry and a poem praising the famous cross at Caerlleon.
  • This theory is hard to shake, its vaticinations being so far well vindicated.
Pronunciation: /vaˈtɪsɪneɪtə/
Example sentences
  • Servius apparently followed Cicero's De divinatione in distinguishing furor-driven vaticinators from artful soothsayers and augurs.
  • The lectus born by four lecticarii and followed by the orator, pontifex, vaticinator and blood relations completed the procession.
Pronunciation: /vətɪsɪˈneɪtəri/ /vəˈtɪs(ə)nət(ə)ri/
Example sentences
  • Nearly all of the book consists of poetry, mostly in the form of religious, vaticinatory, panegyric, and legendary poetry.


Early 17th century: from Latin vaticinat- 'prophesied', from the verb vaticinari, from vates 'prophet'.

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