Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To prophesy; foretell.
  • intransitive verb To be a prophet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To prophesy; foretell; practise prediction.
  • To prophesy; utter prophetically or as a prophet; foretell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb To prophesy; to foretell; to practice prediction; to utter prophecies.

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  • verb transitive, intransitive to predict or foretell (future events).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb foretell through or as if through the power of prophecy
  • verb predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration

Etymologies

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

[Latin vāticinārī, vāticināt-, from vātēs, seer; see vatic.]

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From Latin vāticinātus, perfect passive participle of vāticinor ("foretell, prophesy").

Examples

  • Paul, I vaticinate that the mansuetude of your response will bring out the best of my muliebrity.

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  • You may see my attitude as defensive and oppugnant, but I vaticinate further derogation of our incomparable tongue should such complots be permitted to unfold without denunciation.

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  • You may see my attitude as defensive and oppugnant, but I vaticinate further derogation of our incomparable tongue should such complots be permitted to unfold without denunciation.

    A malison on the poor of spirit.

  • Semblably Titus Livius writeth that, in the solemnization time of the Bacchanalian holidays at Rome, both men and women seemed to prophetize and vaticinate, because of an affected kind of wagging of the head, shrugging of the shoulders, and jectigation of the whole body, which they used then most punctually.

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  • Semblably Titus Livius writeth that, in the solemnization time of the Bacchanalian holidays at Rome, both men and women seemed to prophetize and vaticinate, because of an affected kind of wagging of the head, shrugging of the shoulders, and jectigation of the whole body, which they used then most punctually.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The unique appeal of the great mythological compositions of the Renaissance results ultimately from the fact that, whether they smile or vaticinate, they are shining through veils: Vela faciunt honorem secreti.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • I am reassured, however, by the reflection that I am not expected to look into the future and vaticinate.

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  • By this means alone, the divinity of Jesus Christ and the truth of our holy religion has been established in many minds; for it is not in the power of mortals thus to vaticinate future events.

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  • But Gwyneth and I are not uncomfortably provided for, and I no longer contribute paragraphs of gossip to the Pimlico Postboy, nor yet do I vaticinate in the columns of the Tipster.

    In the Wrong Paradise

  • No less futile were it to waste declamatory tears upon the strife of absolutism with new-fledged democracy, or to vaticinate a reign of socialistic terror for the immediate future.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2 The Catholic Reaction

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  • Young prophets who'll live out the fate

    Must cautiously anticipate.

    The old and the wise 'uns

    With looming horizons

    Have freedom to boldly vaticinate.

    August 29, 2016