foreboding

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forbodyng, vorboding, equivalent to fore- +‎ boding.

Noun[edit]

foreboding (plural forebodings)

  1. A sense of evil to come.
    • 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