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 (văt′ĭk) also vat·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Of or characteristic of a prophet; oracular.

[From Latin vātēs, seer, of Celtic origin; see wet- in Indo-European roots.]
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rare of, relating to, or characteristic of a prophet; oracular
[C16: from Latin vātēs prophet]
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(ˈvæt ɪk)

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy; oracular.
[1595–1605; < Latin vāt(ēs) seer + -ic]
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Adj.1.vatic - resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecyvatic - 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"
prophetic, prophetical - foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention; "prophetic writings"; "prophetic powers"; "words that proved prophetic"
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Of or relating to the foretelling of events by or as if by supernatural means:
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adj (liter)prophetisch
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