a prediction; portent.
a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.
that forebodes, especially evil.
- fore·bod·ing·ly, adverb
- fore·bod·ing·ness, noun
- un·fore·bod·ing, adjective
- forbidding, foreboding
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How to use foreboding in a sentence
I ordered two of these soft Vera Bradley cotton masks solely as mood boosters to combat the bleakness of late-fall weather and the foreboding winter that’s forecast, but they’ve quickly proved ideal for my runs.
The duo, who form There Is Studio and specialize in combining typography and photo illustration, created an eerie, foreboding sense of isolation with a frosted window outside their east London home.
Samson paints a dark and foreboding future of social unrest, unemployment and widespread criminality in Kitwe if there isn’t a new allocation.
Season six is big on the sense of foreboding doom, and it doesn’t always do it well — but here it’s still fresh enough to be unsettling and effective.
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The sense of foreboding mounted by the day as IS fighters surrounded the Sinjar district on three sides.How the U.S.-favored Kurds Abandoned the Yazidis when ISIS Attacked | Christine van den Toorn | August 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There was one foreboding clue as to what was to come for the house members.
Plus the moors where she lives—all cascading waterfalls and glowing fairies and foreboding thorns—are rather lovely to look at it.The Ghastly ‘Maleficent’ and Why It’s Time For Hollywood to Kill the Dark Reboot | Andrew Romano | May 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And their deaths have heightened the tensions and the sense of foreboding that something bigger and more brutal may happen soon.Russia’s Partisans Imposing Their Rule in East Ukraine | Jamie Dettmer | April 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On August 15, 1982, Mary appeared with a foreboding message.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide? | Nina Strochlic | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He remembered standing once before on this very spot, that foreboding of coming loneliness so strangely in his heart.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
She waited for no further formalities, but shaken with the sure foreboding of calamity, turned and fled the room.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
A horrible foreboding gripped me, and I quickly knelt down and raised the dog's head.Uncanny Tales | Various
Raoul, with pessimistic foreboding, was convinced that there were only girls next door.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
The air seemed full of foreboding; everything seemed to tell him of calamity.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for foreboding
a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
an omen or portent
- forebodingly, adverb
- forebodingness, noun
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