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  1. foreboding evil; inauspicious; unlucky: ill-boding stars.
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Origin of ill-boding

First recorded in 1585–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • The only answer that he received for some time was a loud and ill-boding murmur.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Claudia had had a dream of strange and ill-boding character.

  • Rouse you, dear child of my love,—rouse you from your ill-boding security.


    Mary Brunton

  • The ill-boding tone had however taken such possession of my ear, that I could not get rid of it for the whole day.

  • And thus, croaking like the ravens when they anticipate pestilence, the ill-boding sibyls withdrew from the churchyard.

    Bride of Lammermoor

    Sir Walter Scott