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Some people say only thin lines separate poetry, prophecy, and madness. We don't know if that's generally true, but it is in the case of "vatic." The adjective derives directly from the Latin word vates, meaning "seer" or "prophet." But that Latin root is in turn distantly related to an Old English word for "poetry," an Old High German word for "madness," and an Old Irish word for "seer" or "poet."
Origin of vatic
Latin vates seer, prophet; akin to Old English wōth poetry, Old High German wuot madness, Old Irish fáith seer, poet
First Known Use: 1603
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