vaticinate

verb

va·​tic·​i·​nate və-ˈti-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce vaticinate (audio)
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vaticinated; vaticinating
vaticinator noun

Examples of vaticinate in a Sentence

if he could really vaticinate the course of the stock market, he'd be rich enough to own Manhattan

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin vāticinātus, past participle of vāticinārī "to make divinely inspired predictions, prophesy, warn," verbal derivative of *vāticinium "act of prophesying," from vātēs "prophet, seer" + canere "to sing, chant, utter" + -ium, deverbal noun suffix — more at vatic, chant entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vaticinate was circa 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Vaticinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaticinate. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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