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[fawr-shad-oh, fohr-] /fɔrˈʃæd oʊ, foʊr-/
verb (used with object)
to show or indicate beforehand; prefigure:
Political upheavals foreshadowed war.
Origin of foreshadow
1570-80; fore- + shadow
Related forms
foreshadower, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for foreshadowing


(transitive) to show, indicate, or suggest in advance; presage
Derived Forms
foreshadower, noun
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Word Origin and History for foreshadowing



1570s, from fore- + shadow (v.); the notion is of a shadow thrown before an advancing material object as an image of something suggestive of what is to come. Related: Foreshadowed; foreshadowing.

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