[noun pres-ij; verb pres-ij, pri-seyj]
- a presentiment or foreboding.
- something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication.
- prophetic significance; augury.
- foresight; prescience.
- Archaic. a forecast or prediction.
- to have a presentiment of.
- to portend, foreshow, or foreshadow: The incidents may presage war.
- to forecast; predict.
- to make a prediction.
- Archaic. to have a presentiment.
Origin of presage
Synonyms for presage
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- an intimation or warning of something about to happen; portent; omen
- a sense of what is about to happen; foreboding
- archaic a forecast or prediction
- (tr) to have a presentiment of
- (tr) to give a forewarning of; portend
- (intr) to make a prediction
Word Origin for presage
C14: from Latin praesāgium presentiment, from praesāgīre to perceive beforehand, from sāgīre to perceive acutely
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1560s, from Middle French présager (16c.), from présage "omen," from Latin praesagium (see presage (n.)). Related: Presaged; presaging.
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