vates

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vātēs, from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂t- (excited, possessed); cognate with Proto-Celtic *wātis (seer) (Gaulish ουατεις, Old Irish fáith, Welsh gwawd) and Proto-Germanic *wōdaz (mad) (Old English wōd (mad, frenzied), Gothic 𐍅𐍉𐌳𐍃 (wōds, possessed, mad), Old High German wuot (mad, madness). More at wood (crazy, mad, insane) and wode.

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vates

  1. A poet or bard who is divinely inspired.
    • 1833 May, “Hayward’s Translation of Goethe’s “Faust””, in Fraser’s Magazine for Town and Country, volume VII, number XLI, London: James Fraser [], OCLC 73210235, page 532, column 1:
      [Percy Bysshe] Shelley, a true vates, was called upon by their divine influence to render some choice passages from this very Faust, which, from confessed inability, [Francis Leveson-]Gower had left unattempted in his precious version, and some which from other motives he had purposely reticensed.
    • 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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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic *wātis, from Proto-Indo-European *wéh₂t-i-s (seer), from *weh₂t- (to be excited).

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vātēs m (genitive vātis); third declension

  1. seer, soothsayer, prophet, prophetess
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 1.585-586:
      at fēlīx vātēs, ut dīs grātissima vīxit,
      possidet hunc Iānī sīc dea mēnsē diem.
      But the fortunate prophetess, since her life was most pleasing to the gods,
      thus as a goddess has a day in this month of Janus.

      (The prophetess who became honored as a goddess is Carmenta).
  2. poet, poetess, bard
    Synonym: poēta
  3. oracle

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Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vātēs vātēs
Genitive vātis vātum
vātium
Dative vātī vātibus
Accusative vātem vātēs
vātīs
Ablative vāte vātibus
Vocative vātēs vātēs

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  • English: vates
  • French: vate
  • Italian: vate
  • Portuguese: vate
  • Spanish: vate

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Latvian[edit]

Noun[edit]

vates f

  1. genitive singular form of vate

Spanish[edit]

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vates m pl

  1. plural of vate

Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

vates

  1. dative plural of vat