vaticination

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Etymology[edit]

vaticinate +‎ -ion

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  • IPA(key): /vəˌtɪsɪˈneɪʃən/

Noun[edit]

vaticination ‎(plural vaticinations)

  1. Prediction, prophecy.
    • 1759, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin 2003, p. 28)
      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, Nature
      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.

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