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foreboding

[ fawr-boh-ding, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈboʊ dɪŋ, foʊr- /
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noun
a prediction; portent.
a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.
adjective
that forebodes, especially evil.
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Origin of foreboding

1350–1400; Middle English forbodyng (noun); see forebode, -ing1, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM foreboding

fore·bod·ing·ly, adverbfore·bod·ing·ness, nounun·fore·bod·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH foreboding

forbidding, foreboding
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British Dictionary definitions for foreboding

foreboding
/ (fɔːˈbəʊdɪŋ) /

noun
a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
an omen or portent
adjective
presaging something

Derived forms of foreboding

forebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun
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