[pree-muh-nish-uh n, prem-uh-]
- a feeling of anticipation of or anxiety over a future event; presentiment: He had a vague premonition of danger.
- a forewarning.
Origin of premonition
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1. foreboding, portent, omen, sign.
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From the moment the Tea Party emerged on the scene, I had a premonition that I would eventually have to leave the GOP.Goodbye GOP
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His premonition that they might be "Rubes" seemed likely to have been well founded.
There was a premonition of his return at the Snow breakfast table.
That you had a premonition that he might come to you for assistance.The Snare
I cried, leaping to my feet, a premonition of what he was about turning me cold with horror.The Strolling Saint
She flung away from Andre-Louis, as if moved by some premonition of what was coming.Scaramouche
- an intuition of a future, usually unwelcome, occurrence; foreboding
- an early warning of a future event; forewarning
C16: from Late Latin praemonitiō, from Latin praemonēre to admonish beforehand, from prae before + monēre to warn, advise
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Word Origin and History for premonition
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