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foreknowledge

[fawr-nol-ij, fohr-, fawr-nol-ij, fohr-]
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noun
  1. knowledge of something before it exists or happens; prescience: Did you have any foreknowledge of the scheme?
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Origin of foreknowledge

First recorded in 1525–35; fore- + knowledge

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Related Words for foreknowledge

precognition, anticipation, hunch, premonition, prescience

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Historical Examples of foreknowledge

  • It could not have been that his 'foreknowledge' was supernatural.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • All this is done without our ordaining, thinking, or foreknowledge.

  • The god, at any rate, has foreknowledge, and premonishes those whom he will of what is about to be.

    The Apology

    Xenophon

  • But though knowledge is good for man, foreknowledge is not so good.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • "Our foreknowledge implies only human faculties," was the reply.

    The Blindman's World

    Edward Bellamy


Word Origin and History for foreknowledge

n.

1530s, from fore- + knowledge. Cf. foreknow "to know beforehand" (late 14c.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper