foreboding

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forbodyng, vorboding, equivalent to fore- +‎ boding. Compare German Vorbote (harbinger, omen).

Noun[edit]

foreboding (plural forebodings)

  1. A sense of evil to come.
    Synonym: augury
    • 1876–1877, Henry James, Jr., chapter XIII, in The American, Boston, Mass.: James R[ipley] Osgood and Company, [], published 5 May 1877, OCLC 4655661, page 229:
      To me there is something sad in his life, and sometimes I have a sort of foreboding about him. I don't know why, but I fancy he will have some great trouble—perhaps an unhappy end.
    • 1956, Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, page 41:
      A sense of foreboding, the like of which he had never known before, hung heavily on him.
  2. An evil omen.

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Adjective[edit]

foreboding (comparative more foreboding, superlative most foreboding)

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

Verb[edit]

foreboding

  1. present participle of forebode