from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or characteristic of a prophet; oracular.

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  • adj. Pertaining to a prophet; prophetic, oracular.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or proceeding from a prophet or seer; prophetic; oracular; inspired.

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  • adj. resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Latin vātēs, seer, of Celtic origin.

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From Latin vates ‘seer, poet’.


  • I'm very fond of the Fourth World series, and even enjoy the aspect of them that is most often mocked, Kirby's peculiar writing style, which to my ears at least has a kind of vatic poetry.

    Comics Comics

  • The springy elegance of his mind, which serves to clarify the problems of life, not to muddle them with vatic obscurities, has brought him triple glory—as a poet, a translator no one has captured Molière in English better than he and a lyricist.

    A Great Living Poet's Rare Art of Reticence

  • Sent down through his vatic brotherhood the Christ that was to be.

    City and Village

  • Rolling from the personal to the historical, the vatic to the domestic, this is not an easy play to bring off.

    After the Dance; Love Story; Joe Turner's Come and Gone

  • Non-vatic though I am, that looks like a good omen to me.

    What’s the News from Basra?

  • Now, in her vatic vision of the world as a Jew, she wants to see women healed and changed with the restoration of the goddess in her many forms.

    Alicia Suskin Ostriker.

  • The contemporary poet has largely eschewed any claim to the “vatic,” a mantle many poets a generation or three ago aspired to.

    Poetry and Prophecy : A.E. Stallings : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • To others, he is an impene-trable, loquacious charlatan, a mystificateur pouring forth vatic, rapturous tautologies.


  • "When the Ship Comes In" is as good an example as any, I suppose; Dylan in his vatic mode, descrying the shape of the coming day:

    When The Ship Comes In

  • So obscure, so mystifying, so all-encompassing is Heidegger's Being that, his vatic pretensions notwithstanding, it leaves nothing to interpret but other interpretations.

    Archive 2007-12-01


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