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vaticinate +‎ -ion


  • IPA(key): /vəˌtɪsɪˈneɪʃən/


vaticination (plural vaticinations)

  1. 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], “Discipline”, in Nature, Boston, Mass.: James Munroe and Company, OCLC 1037245270, page 56:
      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...

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Borrowed from Latin vāticinātiō. Synchronically analysable as vaticiner +‎ -ation.


  • IPA(key): /ɔ̃/
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vaticination f (plural vaticinations)

  1. vaticination

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