vatic

adjective
vat·​ic | \ ˈva-tik How to pronounce vatic (audio) \

Definition of vatic

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Vatic Has Latin Roots

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 the Old English wōth, meaning "poetry," the Old High German wuot, meaning "madness," and the Old Irish fáith, meaning both "seer" and "poet."

Examples of vatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stone’s fiction abounds with Delphic oracles and vatic pronouncements like this. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, "Robert Stone’s Bad Trips," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of vatic

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vatic

Latin vātēs, vātis "prophet, seer" (akin to Gaulish—Greek spelling—ouā́ teis "those performing sacred rites," Old Irish fáith "seer, prophet," fáth "prophecy, prophetic wisdom," Welsh gwawd "song of praise, satire"; Gothic wods "possessed," Old English wōd "raging, senseless," Old Norse óðr "frantic, furious," all going back to Germanic *wōd-; Old High German wuot "rage, frenzy," going back to Germanic *wōdi-; Old English wōth "sound, noise, voice, song," Old Norse óðr "mind, sense, song, poetry," both going back to Germanic *wōþa-) + -ic entry 1

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29 May 2020

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“Vatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vatic. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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