Definition of vaticinate in English:

vaticinate

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

[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
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  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

vaticinal

adjective
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  • 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.

vaticination

Pronunciation: /-ˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • 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.

vaticinator

noun
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  • 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.

vaticinatory

adjective
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  • Nearly all of the book consists of poetry, mostly in the form of religious, vaticinatory, panegyric, and legendary poetry.

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