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presentiment

[ pri-zen-tuh-muhnt ]
/ prɪˈzɛn tə mənt /
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noun

a feeling or impression that something is about to happen, especially something evil; foreboding.

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Origin of presentiment

1705–15; <French, now obsolete spelling of pressentiment.See pre-, sentiment

OTHER WORDS FROM presentiment

pre·sen·ti·ment·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for presentiment

presentiment
/ (prɪˈzɛntɪmənt) /

noun

a sense of something about to happen; premonition

Word Origin for presentiment

C18: from obsolete French, from pressentir to sense beforehand; see pre-, sentiment
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