- foreboding evil; inauspicious; unlucky: ill-boding stars.
Origin of ill-boding
First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for ill-boding
The only answer that he received for some time was a loud and ill-boding murmur.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Claudia had had a dream of strange and ill-boding character.The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. II (of II)
Walter M. Chandler
Rouse you, dear child of my love,—rouse you from your ill-boding security.Discipline
The ill-boding tone had however taken such possession of my ear, that I could not get rid of it for the whole day.Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829.
And thus, croaking like the ravens when they anticipate pestilence, the ill-boding sibyls withdrew from the churchyard.Bride of Lammermoor
Sir Walter Scott