[pree-muh-nish-uhn, prem-uh-]


a feeling of anticipation of or anxiety over a future event; presentiment: He had a vague premonition of danger.
a forewarning.

Origin of premonition

1425–75; late Middle English premunicioun (cf. praemunire) < Late Latin praemonitiōn- (stem of praemonitiō) forewarning. See pre-, monition

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

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Contemporary Examples of premonition

Historical Examples of premonition

  • There was a premonition of his return at the Snow breakfast table.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • His premonition that they might be "Rubes" seemed likely to have been well founded.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • That you had a premonition that he might come to you for assistance.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I cried, leaping to my feet, a premonition of what he was about turning me cold with horror.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • She flung away from Andre-Louis, as if moved by some premonition of what was coming.


    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for premonition



an intuition of a future, usually unwelcome, occurrence; foreboding
an early warning of a future event; forewarning
Derived Formspremonitory (prɪˈmɒnɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for premonition

C16: from Late Latin praemonitiō, from Latin praemonēre to admonish beforehand, from prae before + monēre to warn, advise
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Word Origin and History for premonition

mid-15c., from Anglo-French premunition, Middle French premonicion, from Late Latin praemonitionem (nominative praemonitio) "a forewarning," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praemonere "forewarn," from prae "before" (see pre-) + monere "to warn" (see monitor (n.)).

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