fatidic

adjective
fa·tid·ic | \fā-ˈti-dik, fə-\
variants: or fatidical \fā-ˈti-di-kəl, fə- \

Definition of fatidic 

: of or relating to prophecy

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As you might guess, "fatidic" is a relative of the word fate. The Latin word for fate is "fatum," which literally means "what has been spoken." "Fatum," in turn, comes from fari, meaning "to speak." In the eyes of the ancients, your fate was out of your hands - what happened was up to gods and demigods. Predicting your fate was a job for oracles and prophets. "Fatidic" is "fatum" combined with dicere, meaning "to say." That makes "fatidic" a relative of the word predict as well; the "-dict" of "predict" also comes from Latin dicere.

First Known Use of fatidic

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fatidic

Latin fatidicus, from fatum fate + dicere to say — more at diction

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