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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Definitions for presage

  1. An indication or warning of a future event; an omen.
  2. A feeling or intuition of what the future holds.
  3. Prophetic significance.

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Citations for presage
Although the enlightenment and liberation which had been expected to come after the war had not come with victory, a presage of freedom was in the air throughout these post-war years, and it was their only historical meaning. Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
Never before, perhaps, in the history of the world, was an hour so fateful, so full of presage, as the present. Big with starting possibilities, unfolding vistas of unimagined boldness and beauty, it speaks with a very trumpet-call of eternally recreative energy to us "upon whom the ends of the world are come." Clara M. Codd, Looking Forward
Origin of presage
1350-1400
Presage is derived from Latin praesagium, "presentiment," from praesagus "having a presentiment," from prae-, "before" + sagus, "prophetic."