premonition

[ pree-muh-nish-uhn, prem-uh- ]
/ ˌpri məˈnɪʃ ən, ˌprɛm ə- /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. première,
  2. première danseuse,
  3. première partie,
  4. premolar,
  5. premonish,
  6. premonitory,
  7. premonocyte,
  8. premonstratensian,
  9. premorbid,
  10. premorse

Origin of premonition

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

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British Dictionary definitions for premonition

premonition

/ (ˌprɛməˈnɪʃən) /

noun

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

premonition

n.

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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