Definition of Foreboding

1. Noun. A feeling of evil to come. "The lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case"

Exact synonyms: Boding, Premonition, Presentiment
Generic synonyms: Apprehension, Apprehensiveness, Dread
Specialized synonyms: Shadow, Presage
Derivative terms: Forebode



2. Adjective. Ominously prophetic.
Exact synonyms: Fateful, Portentous
Similar to: Prophetic, Prophetical
Derivative terms: Portent

3. Noun. An unfavorable omen.
Generic synonyms: Omen, Portent, Presage, Prodigy, Prognostic, Prognostication
Derivative terms: Forebode

Definition of Foreboding

1. n. Presage of coming ill; expectation of misfortune.

Definition of Foreboding

1. Noun. A sense of evil to come. ¹

2. Noun. An evil omen. ¹

3. Adjective. Of ominous significance; serving as an ill omen; foretelling of harm or difficulty. ¹

4. Verb. (present participle of forebode) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Foreboding

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foreboding

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forebears
forebeat
forebelief
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foreboding (current term)
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Literary usage of Foreboding

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1. Washington and His Generals: Or, Legends of the Revolution by George Lippard (1847)
"Michael felt a dim, vague, yet horrible foreboding cross his heart. ... He laughed at his fears, "smiled that horrible foreboding to scorn. ..."

2. Exploration of the Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia: The Sources, Supply, and by Samuel White Baker (1868)
"A foreboding OF EVIL. I HAD been for some hours in the camp, but none of the ... I had a foreboding that something was wrong, and in a few minutes I clearly ..."

3. The Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell: With Illustrations by James Russell Lowell (1891)
"... to tame Wit's feathered heels in the stern stocks of fact. A foreboding. WHAT were the whole void world, if day, And make the hours that danced with ..."

4. Poetical Quotations from Chaucer to Tennyson: With Copious Indexes by Samuel Austin Allibone (1875)
"There, plucking fruits from many a drooping bough, I stray'd, untroubled by foreboding doubt ... foreboding ..."

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