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premonition

[pree-muh-nish-uh n, prem-uh-] /ˌpri məˈnɪʃ ən, ˌprɛm ə-/
noun
1.
a feeling of anticipation of or anxiety over a future event; presentiment:
He had a vague premonition of danger.
2.
a forewarning.
Origin of premonition
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English premunicioun (cf. praemunire) < Late Latin praemonitiōn- (stem of praemonitiō) forewarning. See pre-, monition
Synonyms
1. foreboding, portent, omen, sign.
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premonition

/ˌprɛməˈnɪʃən/
noun
1.
an intuition of a future, usually unwelcome, occurrence; foreboding
2.
an early warning of a future event; forewarning
Derived Forms
premonitory (prɪˈmɒnɪtərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin praemonitiō, from Latin praemonēre to admonish beforehand, from prae before + monēre to warn, advise
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Word Origin and History for premonition
n.

mid-15c., from Anglo-French premunition, Middle French premonicion, from Late Latin praemonitionem (nominative praemonitio) "a forewarning," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praemonere "forewarn," from prae "before" (see pre-) + monere "to warn" (see monitor (n.)).

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