foreshadowing

noun fore·shad·ow·ing \ fȯr-ˈsha-də-wiŋ \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of foreshadowing

plural foreshadowings
: an indication of what is to come
  • If the history of the world were a novel, the events so strikingly chronicled in the photographs in this book … would seem a foreshadowing of the recent events …
  • —Ralph Novak
  • On this merry Christmas evening, however, no fears or dim foreshadowings of any coming event clouded our hearts or faces.
  • —Lucy Maud Montgomery
; also : the use of such indications (as in a work of literature)
  • And, further, Rose is a genuine cliff-hanger, or page-turner, full of foreshadowing … and all the tried and tricky methods of creating suspense.
  • —John Simon

First Known Use of foreshadowing

1587



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