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forebode

[fawr-bohd, fohr-] /fɔrˈboʊd, foʊr-/
verb (used with object), foreboded, foreboding.
1.
to foretell or predict; be an omen of; indicate beforehand; portend:
clouds that forebode a storm.
2.
to have a strong inner feeling or notion of (a future misfortune, evil, catastrophe, etc.); have a presentiment of.
verb (used without object), foreboded, foreboding.
3.
to prophesy.
4.
to have a presentiment.
Origin of forebode
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; fore- + bode1
Related forms
foreboder, noun
unforeboded, adjective
Can be confused
forbade, forbid, forbidden, forebode.
Synonyms
1. foreshadow, presage, forecast, augur.
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  • Yes, it surely must be the banshee, and what does it forebode?

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • What should be the next arrow from her quiver she trembled to forebode.

  • The expression of her face was so tragic that it seemed to forebode evil.

    A Country Sweetheart Dora Russell
  • Perhaps—but her tone did not forebode a cheerful conversation.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • If she did not appear it might forebode the very worst of disasters.

    Anxious Audrey Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • As for the sufferings which you forebode for me, they are really very tolerable.

  • After it, for this day, it seemed not worth while to grieve and miserably to forebode.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • There are, however, several that by their cry, forebode evil.

    The Manbos of Mindano

    John M. Garvan
  • Dorothy came reluctantly, haunted with a forebode of impending griefs.

    The President

    Alfred Henry Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for forebode

forebode

/fɔːˈbəʊd/
verb
1.
to warn of or indicate (an event, result, etc) in advance
2.
to have an intuition or premonition of (an event)
Derived Forms
foreboder, noun
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Word Origin and History for forebode
v.

"feel a secret premonition," c.1600, from fore- + bode. Related: Foreboded; foreboding. Old English forebodian meant "to announce, declare."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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