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vaticination (plural vaticinations)
- Prediction, prophecy.
- 1759, [Laurence Sterne], chapter XII, in The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, volume I, 2nd (1st London) edition, London: […] R[obert] and J[ames] Dodsley […], published 1760, OCLC 976409157, page 66:
- Yorick ſcarce ever heard this ſad vaticination of his deſtiny read over to him, but with a tear ſtealing from his eye, […]
- 1836, [Ralph Waldo Emerson], “Chapter VIII. Prospects.”, in Nature, Boston, Mass.: James Munroe and Company, OCLC 1037245270, page 86:
- Every surmise and vaticination of the mind is entitled to a certain respect, and we learn to prefer imperfect theories, and sentences, which contain glimpses of truth, to digested systems which have no one valuable suggestion.
- 1858 May 29, The Launceston Examiner, page 6, column 2:
- The anonymous oracle, the author of this pamphlet, is an example of entertaining dullness. He has manufactured a very damp squib; he is a serious man in motley; and practical ideas occasionally drop in among his fantastic vaticinations.
- 1994, The Sunday Times:
- ...[Nineteen Eighty-Four] breaks all records for gloomy vaticination...
vaticination f (plural vaticinations)