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premonition

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

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

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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 forms of premonition

premonitory (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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