[fawr-boh-ding, fohr-]


a prediction; portent.
a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.


that forebodes, especially evil.

Origin of foreboding

1350–1400; Middle English forbodyng (noun); see forebode, -ing1, -ing2
Related formsfore·bod·ing·ly, adverbfore·bod·ing·ness, nounun·fore·bod·ing, adjective
Can be confusedforbidding foreboding Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unforeboding

Historical Examples of unforeboding

  • With what delight did her unforeboding spirit take to the ways of a hardy athleticism!

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British Dictionary definitions for unforeboding



a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
an omen or portent


presaging something
Derived Formsforebodingly, adverbforebodingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unforeboding



late 14c., "a predilection, portent, omen," from fore- + verbal noun from bode. Meaning "sense of something bad about to happen" is from c.1600. Old English forebodung meant "prophecy."

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