presage

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See also: pressage, présage, and présagé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French presage, from Latin praesagium.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /'pɹɛsɪdʒ/, /pɹɪ'seɪdʒ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒ
  • Hyphenation: pre‧sage

Noun[edit]

presage ‎(plural presages)

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

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To predict or foretell something.
    • Shakespeare:
      My dreams presage some joyful news at hand.
    • 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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