Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of prophesying; prediction; prophecy.

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

  • noun Prediction; prophecy.

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  • noun Prediction, prophecy.

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  • noun knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)

Etymologies

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vaticinate +‎ -ion

Examples

  • Every surmise and vaticination of the mind is entitled to a certain respect, and we learn to prefer imperfect theories, and sentences, which contain glimpses of truth, to digested systems which have no one valuable suggestion.

    Nature

  • And in reality he that foretells the motions of the planets, or the effects of medicines, or the result of chemical or mechanical experiments, may be said to do it by natural vaticination.

    Natural Vaticination and a Golden Chain

  • Plotinus observes, in his third Ennead, that the art of presaging is in some sort the reading of natural letters denoting order, and that so far forth as analogy obtains in the universe, there may be vaticination.

    Natural Vaticination and a Golden Chain

  • And in reality he that foretells the motions of the planets, or the effects of medicines, or the result of chemical or mechanical experiments, may be said to do it by natural vaticination.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • Plotinus observes, in his third Ennead, that the art of presaging is in some sort the reading of natural letters denoting order, and that so far forth as analogy obtains in the universe, there may be vaticination.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • This vaticination, which loses much in the translation, I have given rather fully, as it shows an observant mind.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • Yorick scarce ever heard this sad vaticination of his destiny read over to him, but with a tear stealing from his eye, and a promissory look attending it, that he was resolved, for the time to come, to ride his tit with more sobriety. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • Yorick scarce ever heard this sad vaticination of his destiny read over to him, but with a tear stealing from his eye, and a promissory look attending it, that he was resolved, for the time to come, to ride his tit with more sobriety. —

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • The art is merely Geomancy in its rudest shape; a mode of vaticination which, from its wide diffusion, must be of high antiquity.

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • Apollo, the god of vaticination, was surnamed (Greek).

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

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  • "Archer had been wont to smile at these annual vaticinations of his mother’s; but this year even he was obliged to acknowledge, as he listened to an enumeration of the changes, that the “trend�? was visible."

    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 19, 2009

  • "Yorick scarce ever heard this sad vaticination of his destiny read over to him, but with a tear stealing from his eye, and a promissory look attending it, that he was resolved, for the time to come, to ride his tit with more sobriety."

    -Laurence Sterne, 'Tristram Shandy'

    September 23, 2009

  • "Monastrians, of all shades of thought in politics, had agreed in threatening me with many ludicrous misadventures, and with sudden death in many surprising forms. Cold, wolves, robbers, above all the nocturnal practical joker, were daily and eloquently forced on my attention. Yet in these vaticinations, the true, patent danger was left out."

    -R.L. Stevenson, 'Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes'

    May 3, 2013