- a prediction; portent.
- a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.
- that forebodes, especially evil.
Origin of foreboding
- to foretell or predict; be an omen of; indicate beforehand; portend: clouds that forebode a storm.
- to have a strong inner feeling or notion of (a future misfortune, evil, catastrophe, etc.); have a presentiment of.
- to prophesy.
- to have a presentiment.
Origin of forebode
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1. foreshadow, presage, forecast, augur.
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Examples from the Web for foreboding
The sense of foreboding mounted by the day as IS fighters surrounded the Sinjar district on three sides.How the U.S.-favored Kurds Abandoned the Yazidis when ISIS Attacked
Christine van den Toorn
August 17, 2014
There was one foreboding clue as to what was to come for the house members.No One Told ‘Big Brother Israel’ About the War
August 7, 2014
Plus the moors where she lives—all cascading waterfalls and glowing fairies and foreboding thorns—are rather lovely to look at it.The Ghastly ‘Maleficent’ and Why It’s Time For Hollywood to Kill the Dark Reboot
May 31, 2014
And their deaths have heightened the tensions and the sense of foreboding that something bigger and more brutal may happen soon.Russia’s Partisans Imposing Their Rule in East Ukraine
April 22, 2014
On August 15, 1982, Mary appeared with a foreboding message.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide?
April 20, 2014
But there is one subject, on which my mind is filled with foreboding.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
As the fair Rosa, with foreboding doubt, had foretold, so it happened.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
She was weary—weary from exertion and disappointment and foreboding.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The foreboding was not as definite, but it was always with him; he could not shake it off.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Perhaps already some foreboding of the nature of its contents was in his mind.The Strolling Saint
- a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
- an omen or portent
- presaging something
- to warn of or indicate (an event, result, etc) in advance
- to have an intuition or premonition of (an event)
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Word Origin and History for foreboding
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