- a presentiment or foreboding.
- something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication.
- prophetic significance; augury.
- foresight; prescience.
- Archaic. a forecast or prediction.
- to have a presentiment of.
- to portend, foreshow, or foreshadow: The incidents may presage war.
- to forecast; predict.
- to make a prediction.
- Archaic. to have a presentiment.
Origin of presage
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Examples from the Web for presage
From quotes Clinton a lot, and he credits Clinton with saying that an intellectual resurgence has to presage political power.The Republican Party Needs an RLC
January 10, 2014
But I recall nothing in Possession, Angels & Insects, Babel Tower, or her other books that seems to presage this one.Must Reads: Wild Abandon, Ramona Ausubel, A.S. Byatt
Nicholas Mancusi, Jennifer Miller, Allen Barra
March 6, 2012
For a moment there was a pause, as if at a presage of disaster.
Fatal words they were,—the presage of the mishap they threatened!Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
In the early spring of 1784 Diderot had an attack which he knew to be the presage of the end.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
But the softness in the Christmas air did not presage a thaw.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
Thus she left him without so much as a backward glance to presage future favour.Simon Dale
- an intimation or warning of something about to happen; portent; omen
- a sense of what is about to happen; foreboding
- archaic a forecast or prediction
- (tr) to have a presentiment of
- (tr) to give a forewarning of; portend
- (intr) to make a prediction
Word Origin and History for presage
1560s, from Middle French présager (16c.), from présage "omen," from Latin praesagium (see presage (n.)). Related: Presaged; presaging.