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

Employees on their way into the building described an office that had been dominated by a sense of foreboding. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Deutsche Bank Layoffs Begin as Workers Feel Turnaround Plan’s Impact First," 8 July 2019 Employees described an office that had been dominated by a sense of foreboding. Jack Ewing, BostonGlobe.com, "Deutsche Bank layoffs begin as turnaround plan kicks in," 8 July 2019 But with the excitement came a sense of foreboding. Washington Post, "Doctor says Virginia Beach shooting tested emergency room," 6 July 2019 There might be an ominous display of mammatus clouds, the iconic pouch-like bags that hang beneath foreboding storms that usually are a sign of turbulence in the atmosphere. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "This North Pacific volcano just erupted after nearly a century of silence. Astronauts captured the breathtaking scene.," 27 June 2019 Despite all of Nadia’s foreboding and dark humor—the occasional cosmic absurdity of the story that hints at a deeper scheme—Russian Doll hedges. The New York Review of Books, "Daniel Drake," 25 Apr. 2019 Yet this valley has remained largely hidden, cloistered inside the foreboding, snowcapped Rhaetian Alps, unknown even to many native Italians. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 Well, that’s certainly a foreboding vision for what’s to come in the next season of Riverdale. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "The “Riverdale” Season 3 Finale Finally Revealed Who Is Under the Gargoyle King Mask," 16 May 2019 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

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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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