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presage

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noun pres·age \ˈpre-sij, also pri-ˈsāj\

Definition of presage

  1. 1 :  something that foreshadows or portends a future event :  omen

  2. 2 :  an intuition or feeling of what is going to happen in the future

  3. 3 archaic :  prognostication

  4. 4 :  warning or indication of the future

pre·sage·ful play \pri-ˈsāj-fəl\ adjective


Examples of presage

  1. <I had a nagging presage that the results of my medical tests would not be good.>

  2. <the sight of the first robin is always a welcome presage of spring>



Origin of presage

Middle English, from Latin praesagium, from praesagus having a foreboding, from prae- + sagus prophetic — more at seek


First Known Use: 14th century


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presage

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verb pre·sage \ˈpre-sij, pri-ˈsāj\

Simple Definition of presage

  • : to give or be a sign of (something that will happen or develop in the future)

Full Definition of presage

pre·sagedpre·sag·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give an omen or warning of :  foreshadow

  3. 2 :  foretell, predict

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make or utter a prediction

pre·sag·er noun, obsolete

Examples of presage

  1. Many investors are worried that the current slowdown could presage another recession.

  2. events that presaged the civil rights movement



1562

First Known Use of presage

1562



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