foreknowledge

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Etymology[edit]

fore- +‎ knowledge; equivalent to Grecian cognate prognosis and Latinate cognate precognition.

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foreknowledge (usually uncountable, plural foreknowledges)

  1. Knowing beforehand; foresight, precognition, prescience.
    • 1684, John Bunyan, A Holy Life, the Beauty of Christianity: Or, An Exhortation to Christians to be Holy, London: [] B. W. for Benj[amin] Alsop, [], OCLC 1179615081, page 3:
      [H]e [Paul] laboureth to comfort Timothy vvith the remembrance of the ſtedfaſtneſs of Gods eternal decree of Election, becauſe grounded on his foreknowledge; []
    • 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Francesca Carrara. [], volume II, London: Richard Bentley, [], (successor to Henry Colburn), OCLC 630079698, page 125:
      The mule knows the hidden pitfalls of the morass; the swallow feels the storm ere it comes upon the air, and wings to the quiet shelter of its nest—they foresee their dangers, and avoid them; while we blindly rush forward into the depths of the pit and the fury of the tempest; for we know not what evils await us. No kind foreknowledge gives us even the choice of avoidance.

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