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See also: pressage, présage, and présagé



From Middle French presage, from Latin praesagium.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛsɪdʒ/, /pɹɪˈseɪdʒ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒ
  • Hyphenation: pre‧sage


presage (plural presages)

  1. A warning of a future event; an omen.
  2. An intuition of a future event; a presentiment.



presage (third-person singular simple present presages, present participle presaging, simple past and past participle presaged)

  1. (transitive) To predict or foretell something.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Act V, scene i (Q2 version):
      If I may truſt the flattering truth of ſleepe, / My dreames preſage ſome ioyfull newes at hand : / My boſomes L. ſits lightly in his throne : / And all this day an vnaccuſtom’d ſpirit, / Lifts me aboue the ground with cheatfull thoughts []
    • 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a second term, Obama will confront familiar headwinds”, in The New York Times[1]:
      That brief moment after the election four years ago, when many Americans thought Mr. Obama’s election would presage a new, less fractious political era, now seems very much a thing of the past.
  2. (intransitive) To make a prediction.
  3. (transitive) To have a presentiment of; to feel beforehand; to foreknow.



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