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foreboding

noun fore·bod·ing \ (ˌ)fȯr-ˈbō-diŋ \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of foreboding

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

Examples of foreboding in a Sentence

  1. She was filled with a sense of foreboding.

  2. It seems that her forebodings were justified.

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First Known Use of foreboding

14th century

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foreboding

adjective

Definition of foreboding

: indicative of or marked by foreboding

forebodingly

play \(ˌ)fȯr-ˈbō-diŋ-lē\ adverb

forebodingness

noun

Examples of foreboding in a Sentence

  1. foreboding war clouds began to gather

First Known Use of foreboding

1630

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FOREBODING Defined for English Language Learners

foreboding

Definition of foreboding for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling that something bad is going to happen


FOREBODING Defined for Kids

foreboding

noun fore·bod·ing \ fȯr-ˈbō-diŋ \

Definition of foreboding for Students

: a feeling that something bad is going to happen


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