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[il-boh-ding] /ˈɪlˈboʊ dɪŋ/
foreboding evil; inauspicious; unlucky:
ill-boding stars.
Origin of ill-boding
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

  • Rouse you, dear child of my love,—rouse you from your ill-boding security.


    Mary Brunton
  • The ill-boding tone had however taken such possession of my ear, that I could not get rid of it for the whole day.

  • And thus, croaking like the ravens when they anticipate pestilence, the ill-boding sibyls withdrew from the churchyard.

    Bride of Lammermoor Sir Walter Scott
  • At the moment of our observing the ill-boding sign, a pig was in the act of entering the portals.

  • Mr. Douglas shook hands with him kindly, but from under his iron-gray, bushy brows shot an ill-boding look.

    Dame Care Hermann Sudermann
  • Houlagou did not speak for a little, and into his set face seemed to creep an ill-boding shadow of a smile.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • Then you would give up this ill-boding connection, but from notions of delicacy with regard to the time?

    Cecilia, Volume 2 (of 3) Frances (Fanny) Burney (Madame d'Arblay)
  • As the engine cools through inaction, the ill-boding wisp of spray lessens and dies.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher

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