vaticination = μαντεία, προφητεία, χρησμοδοσία


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Από το ενδιαφέρον σημερινό σημείωμα του M-W's Word of the Day:

1 : prediction
2 : the act of prophesying
The book's plot hinges on a teenager with a knack for prophecy and a fondness for offering strangers her vaticinations.
"But as is the case with romance, evidence of interest in vaticination and prognostication comes to us from many different sources, not just the Icelandic sagas."
— From Stephen A. Mitchell's 2010 book Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages

When George Orwell's novel 1984 was published in the late 1940s, a displeased critic said it broke "all records for gloomy vaticination." (In Orwell's favor, another critic asserted, "It is impossible to put the book down.") While it's about as difficult to predict the future of a word as the future of the world, hindsight reveals that "vaticination" has endured better than other words based on Latin "vates," meaning "prophet." "Vaticinian" (prophetic), "vaticinar" (prophet), "vaticinatress" (prophetess), and "vaticiny" (prophesy) have all faded into obscurity (although two synonyms of "prophetic," "vatic" and "vaticinal," also keep the "vates" lineage alive today).

Αναπόφευκτα γεννιέται το ερώτημα: «Με το Βατικανό τι τρέχει;» Και σπεύδεις στη Wikipedia, για να διαβάσεις:

Vatican Hill (in Latin, Mons Vaticanus) is the name given, long before the founding of Christianity, to one of the hills on the side of the Tiber opposite the traditional seven hills of Rome. It may have been the site of an Etruscan town called Vaticum.

The name "Vatican" has often been thought to derive from the Latin "vates", meaning "seer, soothsayer", though this is uncertain and it is also possible that "Vaticanus" comes from an unrelated Etruscan loan-word. Indeed, the Vatican Hill was the home of the Vates long before pre-Christian Rome. Vaticanus, also known as Vagitanus, was an Etruscan god of prophecy, and his temple was built on the ancient site of Vaticanum (Vatican Hill).


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Από sinus Beaticus; (sinus = κόλπος)

Within Cape Malea, on the western side, is a small island which appears to persons passing to be part of the mainland. Behind the island the coast is rounded into a pleasant bay, whose name, "Beaticus," the blessed, like the name "Malea,'' the wicked, is a sufficient indication of its character. It must have afforded shelter to many storm-driven vessels, and obtained thereby from ancient mariners this kindly name.

Το beaticus δεν το ξέρουν τα λεξικά μου, αλλά είναι υπαρκτή λέξη.