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[fawr-boh-ding, fohr-]
  1. a prediction; portent.
  2. a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.
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  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
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Examples from the Web for forebodingly

Historical Examples

  • He looked after her forebodingly, then turned his eyes toward the Palace Hotel.

    The Gentleman From Indiana

    Booth Tarkington

  • “But where are all the children,” inquired Tom, forebodingly.

    The Cabin on the Prairie

    C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson

  • Then, what prompted you to speak so strangely and forebodingly?

  • “Morituri te salutant,” said 50 Captain Patterson forebodingly, as the first caravan passed out of Leh.

  • "I don'd like der looks oof t'ings," muttered Carl, forebodingly.

    Motor Matt's Air Ship

    Stanley R. Matthews

British Dictionary definitions for forebodingly


  1. a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
  2. an omen or portent
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  1. presaging something
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Derived Formsforebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forebodingly



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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