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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"pertaining to a prophet," c.1600, from Latin vates (see vates) + -ic.


a. Pertaining to a prophet; prophetic, oracular.


adj. resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy; "the high priest's divinatory pronouncement"; "mantic powers"; "a kind of sibylline book with ready and infallible answers to questions" [syn: divinatory, mantic, sibylline, sibyllic, vatical]

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The waterfall above Casdoe's house wove its silver columns before my eyes, and I remembered the Vatic Fountain of the House Absolute, and the rush of water from the cliff top in Thrax when I opened the sluice gate to flood the Vincula.