fore·​bode | \(ˌ)fȯr-ˈbōd \
variants: or less commonly
foreboded also forboded; foreboding also forboding; forebodes also forbodes

Definition of forebode 

transitive verb

1 : to have an inward conviction of (something, such as a coming ill or misfortune) … she looked eagerly in his face, not quick to forebode evil, but unavoidably conscious that the state of the family had changed …— Nathaniel Hawthorne

2 : foretell, portend Such dark clouds forebode a storm.

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Other Words from forebode

foreboder noun

Synonyms for forebode


augur, bode, promise

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Examples of forebode in a Sentence

that police car parked outside the house doesn't forebode well

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But The World Ends with You is a completely unique, energetic experience that blends together the stylish youth culture of Tokyo’s Shibuya district with a dark, foreboding story about death and friendship. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The World Ends with You is a strange, stylish RPG you shouldn’t miss," 12 Oct. 2018 But, there is a foreboding darkness living inside Adora, which is unraveled through her sly cruelty to her eldest daughter., "Sharp Objects Review: It’s Exactly What You Need During The Big Little Lies Drought," 5 July 2018 My first impression of Sacramento was via the East Area Rapist case as breathless Bay Area news accounts made Sacramento seem like a dangerous, foreboding place. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "East Area Rapist, the case that haunted a prosecutor – until now," 27 Apr. 2018 The National Weather Service was the bearer of foreboding news last week, issuing a flood warning for the St. Johns River near Geneva and the areas around lakes Harney and Jesup. Martin E. Comas,, "East Seminole County residents keep nervous eye on rising St. Johns," 9 July 2018 There's that homicidal frog/foreboding foghorn/evil tuba again. Meredith Bodgas, Woman's Day, "The 10 Stages of Being Awoken by Your Husband's Snoring," 29 July 2015 That perception is vaguely foreboding; whether the context is the KKK, Trayvon Martin or slang, the word carries a negative connotation. Emiene Wright, charlotteobserver, "‘BLACK BLOODED’: An exhibition that’s ‘undeniably, unapologetically black’," 14 June 2018 But permeating the industry is a sense of foreboding about struggling bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc., BKS 3.36% a sentiment that was palpable in recent days at the annual book show in New York. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Book Retailing Woes Undercut Excitement Over Clinton, Obama Titles," 4 June 2018 There isn’t a chance this will go well—and an effective mood of foreboding builds as the film careens along toward its manic climax. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "True Crime Meets Male Entitlement in the Electrifying American Animals," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of forebode

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of forebode was in 1603

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