[pri-zen-tuh-muh nt]


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

Nearby words

  1. presentative,
  2. presentee,
  3. presenteeism,
  4. presenter,
  5. presentient,
  6. presentist,
  7. presentive,
  8. presentively,
  9. presently,
  10. presentment

Origin of presentiment

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

Related formspre·sen·ti·ment·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for presentiment



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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Word Origin and History for presentiment



1714, from obsolete French presentiment (Modern French Related: pressentiment), from Middle French pressentir "to have foreboding," from Latin praesentire "to sense beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + sentire "perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)).

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