premonition

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Mid 15th century, from Anglo-Norman premunition, from Ecclesiastical Latin praemonitiōnem (a forewarning), form of praemonitiō, from Latin praemonitus, past participle of praemoneō, from prae (before) (English pre-) + moneō (to warn) (from which English monitor).[1]

Compare Germanic forewarning.

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premonition (plural premonitions)

  1. A clairvoyant or clairaudient experience, such as a dream, which resonates with some event in the future.
    Synonym: vision
  2. A strong intuition that something is about to happen (usually something negative, but not exclusively).
    Synonyms: bad feeling, foreboding, gut feeling, hunch, second sight (informal)

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper, “premonition”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.