vates

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin vātēs, from Proto-Indo-European *wāt-; cognate with Proto-Celtic *wātis (seer) (Gaulish ουατεις, Old Irish fáith, Welsh gwawd) and Proto-Germanic *wōd- (mad) (Old English wōd (mad, frenzied), Gothic 𐍅𐍉𐌸𐍃 (woþs, possessed, mad), Old High German wuot (mad, madness).

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vates

  1. A poet or bard who is divinely inspired.
    • 1999, Dennis Richard Danielson, The Cambridge Companion to Milton, Cambridge University Press, page 57 [1]:
      The volume is haunted by the death of the vates (poet-prophet) Orpheus, who failed to revive Eurydice from death and was then torn apart by maenads.

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Noun[edit]

vātes f (genitive vātis); third declension

  1. seer, soothsayer, prophet
  2. poet, poetess
  3. oracle

Inflection[edit]

Third declension i-stem, alternative accusative singular in -im and ablative singular in .

Number Singular Plural
nominative vātes vātēs
genitive vātis vātium
dative vātī vātibus
accusative vātim
vātem
vātīs
vātēs
ablative vātī
vāte
vātibus
vocative vātes vātēs

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Noun[edit]

vates

  1. dative plural of vat