[ pree-muh-nish-uhn, prem-uh- ]
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  1. a feeling of anticipation of or anxiety over a future event; presentiment: He had a vague premonition of danger.

  2. a forewarning.

Origin of premonition

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

Other words for premonition

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How to use premonition in a sentence

  • As Conan says with eerie premonition, “I just think that guy is going to hurt me.”

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  • But I am shocked how these new rumors have been codified into a kind of collective South African premonition.

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  • All through the sad duties of the next four days Felipe was conscious of the undercurrent of this premonition.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • If Delancy had stayed a little longer at the scene of his crime, he would have learned that his premonition was founded in truth.

  • So solemn was his air, so sober his voice, that both girls felt a premonition of the untoward message that he bore.

    Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
  • Her arms drew closer about her body, while a shiver ran through it—a premonition perhaps.

    The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
  • Nita felt a strange, tremulous thrill sweep over her—was it ecstasy or a premonition of evil?

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British Dictionary definitions for premonition


/ (ˌprɛməˈnɪʃən) /

  1. an intuition of a future, usually unwelcome, occurrence; foreboding

  2. an early warning of a future event; forewarning

Origin of premonition

C16: from Late Latin praemonitiō, from Latin praemonēre to admonish beforehand, from prae before + monēre to warn, advise

Derived forms of premonition

  • premonitory (prɪˈmɒnɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

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