One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Describing or predicting what will happen in the future.‘vatic utterances’
prophetic, predictive, visionaryView synonyms
- ‘Critics come in vastly varying styles: from subtle, self-effacing, and sardonic, to oracular, vatic, apocalyptic, to plain damned intelligent.’
- ‘This poem is very much in the vatic mode, and it was precisely for that reason, Jacobs reminded us, that the poet came to despise it, refusing to include it in later collections of his verse.’
- ‘It was a tradition of vatic utterance, such as that represented by Blake - the Blake of the prophetic books.’
- ‘The vatic ferocity of it all seems numbing and alien.’
Early 17th century: from Latin vates ‘prophet’ + -ic.
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