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foreboding

[fawr-boh-ding, fohr-] /fɔrˈboʊ dɪŋ, foʊr-/
noun
1.
a prediction; portent.
2.
a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.
adjective
3.
that forebodes, especially evil.
Origin of foreboding
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English forbodyng (noun); see forebode, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
forebodingly, adverb
forebodingness, noun
unforeboding, adjective
Can be confused
forbidding, foreboding.
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British Dictionary definitions for forebodings

foreboding

/fɔːˈbəʊdɪŋ/
noun
1.
a feeling of impending evil, disaster, etc
2.
an omen or portent
adjective
3.
presaging something
Derived Forms
forebodingly, adverb
forebodingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forebodings

foreboding

n.

late 14c., "a predilection, portent, omen," from fore- + verbal noun from bode. Meaning "sense of something bad about to happen" is from c.1600. Old English forebodung meant "prophecy."

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