[fawr-nol-ij, fohr-, fawr-nol-ij, fohr-]


knowledge of something before it exists or happens; prescience: Did you have any foreknowledge of the scheme?

Origin of foreknowledge

First recorded in 1525–35; fore- + knowledge

Synonyms for foreknowledge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for foreknowledge

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


  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper