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Friday, August 13, 2004

Definitions for presentiment

  1. A sense that something will or is about to happen; a premonition.

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Citations for presentiment
He'd had a presentiment of this. Yes, he had known that this was precisely what would be said. Nina Berberova, Cape of Storms (translated by Marian Schwartz)
High ranking North Korean officers had "only the barest presentiment" of hostilities until the final orders were issued for the attack. Nicholas Eberstadt, The End of North Korea
Origin of presentiment
1705-1715
Presentiment derives from Latin praesentire, "to feel beforehand," from prae-, "before" + sentire, "to feel."