foreboding

noun
fore·​bod·​ing | \ (ˌ)fȯr-ˈbō-diŋ How to pronounce foreboding (audio) \

Definition of foreboding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act of one who forebodes also : an omen, prediction, or presentiment especially of coming evil : portent It seems that her forebodings were justified.

foreboding

adjective

Definition of foreboding (Entry 2 of 2)

: indicative of or marked by foreboding

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Other Words from foreboding

Adjective

forebodingly \ (ˌ)fȯr-​ˈbō-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce forebodingly (audio) \ adverb
forebodingness noun

Examples of foreboding in a Sentence

Noun

She was filled with a sense of foreboding. It seems that her forebodings were justified.

Adjective

foreboding war clouds began to gather
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While humanity hasn't had dragons to help breach a foreboding keep, it's gotten pretty good at the art of the siege. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 There is intense foreboding everywhere, and little resembling peace reigns inside or outside the Georgenhof. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016 The sense of foreboding of hunting, or being hunted, in a metal can deep beneath the ocean’s surface. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "What 'Hunter Killer' Gets Right About Submarine Warfare," 7 Nov. 2018 This is a series full of foreboding, suspense, and bloody battle sequences, all set against a slate gray landscape of misty downs, teeming with predators and studded with barbed wire. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Watership Down Is Not (Really) for Kids—And That’s a Good Thing," 22 Dec. 2018 Fear of foreboding-sounding ingredients has struck restaurants too. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Anyone for Diglycerides? Anyone? Food Scientists Are Getting Fed Up With Picky Eaters," 12 Oct. 2018 Anyone who knows anything about the Romanovs should feel a twinge of foreboding. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What's the Story With The Romanoffs Controversial Opening Credits?," 27 Oct. 2018 That foreboding final note holds the key to the future of GLOW, according to co-showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Bosses on "Uncomfortable" Finale and (Likely) Season 3," 4 July 2018 While the census may sound like an Orwellian device, Ball is more concerned with his characters’ emotional lives than with authoritarian foreboding. Alex Gilvarry, New York Times, "A Dying Father, His Son and One Last Road Trip," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of foreboding

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1630, in the meaning defined above

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foreboding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foreboding

: a feeling that something bad is going to happen

foreboding

noun
fore·​bod·​ing | \ fȯr-ˈbō-diŋ How to pronounce foreboding (audio) \

Kids Definition of foreboding

: a feeling that something bad is going to happen

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