vates

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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 *wōd-(mad) (Old English wōd(mad, frenzied), Gothic 𐍅𐍉𐌸𐍃(woþs, 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.
    • 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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Etymology[edit]

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

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vātēs m ‎(genitive vātis); third declension

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

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Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative vātēs vātēs
genitive vātis vātium
dative vātī vātibus
accusative vātem vātēs
ablative vāte vātibus
vocative vātēs vātēs

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Latvian[edit]

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vates f

  1. genitive singular form of vate

Volapük[edit]

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vates

  1. dative plural of vat