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Monday, August 08, 2016

Definitions for presentiment

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

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Citations for presentiment
... the good lady set that question entirely at rest, by informing them that she had a presentiment on the subject--a species of second-sight with which she had been in the habit of clinching every argument with the deceased Mr Nickleby, and in nine cases and three-quarters out of every ten, determining it the wrong way. Charles Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, 1839
There was something, a sixth sense, a faint presentiment telling him that this poster was a harbinger of something--it was the gate through which the war was introducing itself. Bruno Arpaia, The Angel of History, translated by Minna Proctor, 2006
Origin of presentiment
1705-1715
Presentiment is a loanword from French, stemming from the obsolete verb pressentir meaning "to sense beforehand." It entered English in the late 1600s.