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foretoken

[noun fawr-toh-kuh n, fohr-; verb fawr-toh-kuh n, fohr-]
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noun
  1. a sign of a future event; omen; forewarning.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to foreshadow.
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Origin of foretoken

before 900; Middle English fortokne, Old English foretācn. See fore-, token
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Historical Examples

  • Small numbers are not a sign of weakness and do not foretoken defeat.

    The Bible Period by Period

    Josiah Blake Tidwell

  • What are the literary tidings from modern Greece that seem to foretoken close at hand a signal renascence of Greek literature?

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, December 1882

    The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle


British Dictionary definitions for foretoken

foretoken

noun (ˈfɔːˌtəʊkən)
  1. a sign of a future event
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verb (fɔːˈtəʊkən)
  1. (tr) to foreshadow
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