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[pri-zen-tuh-muh nt] /prɪˈzɛn tə mənt/
a feeling or impression that something is about to happen, especially something evil; foreboding.
Origin of presentiment
1705-15; < French, now obsolete spelling of pressentiment. See pre-, sentiment
Related forms
presentimental, adjective Unabridged
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  • Even as the days tick steadily by, unmarred by further atrocities, the presentiment lingers.
  • Looking at the work as a powerful presentiment of the future is helpful, perhaps.
  • He may even have a presentiment that it will end his life.
  • The deceased was far advanced in pregnancy, and is said to have had some presentiment that the rope was not safe.
  • Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
  • In this case the presentiment of evil was but too surely justified.
  • Iv this ease the presentiment of evil was too surely justified.
  • And they have presentiment of the invisible powers before they have understanding of them.
British Dictionary definitions for presentiment


a sense of something about to happen; premonition
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete French, from pressentir to sense beforehand; see pre-, sentiment
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Word Origin and History for presentiment

1714, from obsolete French presentiment (Modern French Related: pressentiment), from Middle French pressentir "to have foreboding," from Latin praesentire "to sense beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + sentire "perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)).

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