a presentiment or foreboding.
something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication.
prophetic significance; augury.
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.
- pres·age·ful, adjective
- pres·age·ful·ly, adverb
- pres·ag·er, noun
- un·pres·aged, adjective
- un·pres·ag·ing, adjective
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How to use presage in a sentence
From quotes Clinton a lot, and he credits Clinton with saying that an intellectual resurgence has to presage political power.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
There were so many unmistakable signs to presage what was coming that I knew a cannibal feast was about to take place.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
The song is founded upon the story of the aged couple of whom I spoke, and is regarded as a contribution of good presage.A Fantasy of Far Japan | Baron Kencho Suyematsu
Only for a moment could any presage of personal fear cloud the sweet serenity of the Maid's nature.A Heroine of France | Evelyn Everett-Green
Ominous word at such a moment, but the presage of something darker and more ominous still.Tony Butler | Charles James Lever
The most encouraging time for them was from the year 1874 to 1875, when all seemed to presage better days for them.
British Dictionary definitions for presage
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
- presageful, adjective
- presagefully, adverb
- presager, noun
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