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foreboding

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

1350–1400; Middle English forbodyng (noun); see forebode, -ing1, -ing2
Related formsfore·bod·ing·ly, adverbfore·bod·ing·ness, nounun·fore·bod·ing, adjective
Can be confusedforbidding foreboding

forebode

[fawr-bohd, fohr-]
verb (used with object), fore·bod·ed, fore·bod·ing.
  1. to foretell or predict; be an omen of; indicate beforehand; portend: clouds that forebode a storm.
  2. to have a strong inner feeling or notion of (a future misfortune, evil, catastrophe, etc.); have a presentiment of.
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verb (used without object), fore·bod·ed, fore·bod·ing.
  1. to prophesy.
  2. to have a presentiment.
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Origin of forebode

First recorded in 1595–1605; fore- + bode1
Related formsfore·bod·er, nounun·fore·bod·ed, adjective
Can be confusedforbade forbid forbidden forebode

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Contemporary Examples of foreboding

Historical Examples of foreboding

  • But there is one subject, on which my mind is filled with foreboding.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • As the fair Rosa, with foreboding doubt, had foretold, so it happened.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • She was weary—weary from exertion and disappointment and foreboding.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • The foreboding was not as definite, but it was always with him; he could not shake it off.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Perhaps already some foreboding of the nature of its contents was in his mind.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for foreboding

foreboding

noun
  1. a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
  2. an omen or portent
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adjective
  1. presaging something
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Derived Formsforebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun

forebode

verb
  1. to warn of or indicate (an event, result, etc) in advance
  2. to have an intuition or premonition of (an event)
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Derived Formsforeboder, noun
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Word Origin and History for foreboding

n.

late 14c., "a predilection, portent, omen," from fore- + verbal noun from bode. Meaning "sense of something bad about to happen" is from c.1600. Old English forebodung meant "prophecy."

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forebode

v.

"feel a secret premonition," c.1600, from fore- + bode. Related: Foreboded; foreboding. Old English forebodian meant "to announce, declare."

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