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[fawr-shad-oh, fohr-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to show or indicate beforehand; prefigure: Political upheavals foreshadowed war.
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Origin of foreshadow

First recorded in 1570–80; fore- + shadow
Related formsfore·shad·ow·er, noun
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Related Words for foreshadow

prefigure, predict, portend, imply, foretell, augur, presage, omen, hint, suggest, signal, betoken, adumbrate, forebode, promise, shadow, bode, prophesy, telegraph

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British Dictionary definitions for foreshadow


  1. (tr) to show, indicate, or suggest in advance; presage
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Derived Formsforeshadower, noun
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Word Origin and History for foreshadow


1570s, from fore- + shadow (v.); the notion is of a shadow thrown before an advancing material object as an image of something suggestive of what is to come. Related: Foreshadowed; foreshadowing.

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