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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
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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  • Despite forebodings about its dependence on finance, the capital's post-industrial economy proved to be a boon rather than a bane.
  • The second half of the three winter months brought a rude awakening to some, while fulfilling forebodings of others.
  • Now that credit is tighter and employment less secure, they may feel they need a fatter cushion to calm their forebodings.
  • Dark pictures and gloomy forebodings are worse than useless.
  • Untidy life never breaks through the oppressive, overcast forebodings.
  • Everyone who hears that percentage will know it is fraught with troublesome forebodings.
  • Clearly, many of these forebodings are the product of affluence and of power.
  • My biology teacher's forebodings about my future occupation were beginning to look ominously prescient.
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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