Definition of Foreshadowing

1. Noun. The act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand.

Exact synonyms: Adumbration, Prefiguration
Generic synonyms: Anticipation, Prediction, Prevision
Derivative terms: Foreshadow, Prefigure

2. Adjective. Indistinctly prophetic.
Exact synonyms: Adumbrative, Prefigurative
Similar to: Prophetic, Prophetical
Derivative terms: Prefigure

Definition of Foreshadowing

1. Verb. (present participle of foreshadow) ¹

2. Noun. A literary device in which an author drops subtle hints about plot developments to come later in the story. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Foreshadowing

1. foreshadow [v] - See also: foreshadow

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foreshadowing

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foreshadowing (current term)
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Literary usage of Foreshadowing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New York Times Current History (1917)
"foreshadowing a New Phase of War Financing the Allies and Small Nations Preparing for War By Lloyd George, British Chancellor ..."

2. The Congregationalism of the Last Three Hundred Years, as Seen in Its by Henry Martyn Dexter, Andover Theological Seminary (1880)
"His general teaching appears to have been a foreshadowing of some chief features of Arminianism,44 and in the lively debate in 1595-6 between him and Dr. ..."

3. A History of Electric Telegraphy, to the Year 1837 by John Joseph Fahie (1884)
"CHAPTER I. foreshadowing OF THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH. " Whatever draws me on, Or sympathy, or some connatural force, Powerful at greatest distance to unite, ..."

4. Patriarchy: Or, The Family: Its Constitution and Probation by John Harris (1855)
"Man's first sin aBY the creation of man the earth itself may foreshadowing. be ^ t() haye ^^ transfigured . for itg new inhabitant consciously radiated the ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Others compound it of all the elements, whilst some of the Pythagoreans explain it as a harmony — foreshadowing modern mechanical theories. ..."

6. A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 by George Washington Williams (1887)
"foreshadowing EVENTS. THE two years immediately preceding the Rebellion were teeming with unprecedented events. Almost every question of public interest was ..."

7. The Annual Register edited by Edmund Burke (1882)
"... Northern Campaign—The Policy of the Government in Ireland—Arrest of Mr. Parnell—Agricultural Discontent—The Farmers' Alliance—The foreshadowing of the ..."

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