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 *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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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

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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References[edit]

  • vates in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vates in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “vates”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • vates” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill

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