One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Foretell the future.‘he vaticinated a period of peace for the continent’‘he spent much of his time vaticinating on learned panels’
- ‘In 6 B.C. he proceeded against the Pharisees who had vaticinated that, with the birth of the Messiah, the reign of Herod would come to the end.’
- ‘The experts vaticinate that, in some years, the European electrical sector will be reduced to five or six groups.’
Early 17th century: from Latin vaticinat- ‘prophesied’, from the verb vaticinari, from vates ‘prophet’.
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