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Jan 13, 2010
This week's theme
Words relating to religion

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sacerdotal
precatory
vatic
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eremite
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vatic

PRONUNCIATION:
(VAT-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or related to a prophet or a prophecy: prophetic.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin vates (prophet). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wet- (to blow or inspire) which is also the source of fan, atmosphere, Vatican, and Wednesday (literally, Woden's day, after a Norse god).

USAGE:
"'I know one day we will all die,' replied Adi, making a valiant stab at vatic foresight."
Tom Sutcliffe; Not All of It Added Up; The Independent (London, UK); Jan 29, 2009.

See more usage examples of vatic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In an earlier stage of our development most human groups held to a tribal ethic. Members of the tribe were protected, but people of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one pleased. Gradually the circle of protection expanded, but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include blacks. So African human beings could be captured, shipped to America, and sold. In Australia white settlers regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much as kangaroos are hunted down today. Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter, and the destruction of wilderness. We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics. -Peter Singer, philosopher, professor of bioethics (b. 1946)

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