pre·​mo·​ni·​tion | \ ˌprē-mə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce premonition (audio) , ˌpre- How to pronounce premonition (audio) \

Definition of premonition

1 : previous notice or warning : forewarning
2 : anticipation of an event without conscious reason : presentiment

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Examples of premonition in a Sentence

She had a premonition that he would call. she had a premonition that her cat would somehow get hurt that day

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Although El is seeing what’s currently happening rather than the future, these visions share many similarities with the premonitions that Johnny (Christopher Walken) begins having after emerging from his coma in The Dead Zone. Time, "Breaking Down the Many Stranger Things Season 3 References You Might Have Missed," 4 July 2019 That episode ended with a dark premonition for a then-upcoming starlet named Miley Cyrus. Darren Franich,, "Black Mirror season 5 stops worrying and learns to love technology: EW review," 5 June 2019 At this time he is always seized by a great dread, despair, a premonition. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 However, as fans of the first season already know, Joe Goldberg's ex-girlfriend Candace (played by Ambyr Childers) appeared in flashbacks and premonitions throughout the show. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About You Season 2," 13 Jan. 2019 To film that premonition scene in 'Final Destination 3', the actors had to ride the roller coaster *26* times. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "10 Things You Never Knew About Your Favorite Halloween Movies," 2 Oct. 2015 Throughout the week before, underdog Atlanta’s Tony Martin had a recurring premonition. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "The best Vikings team left three ex-Eagles with worst feeling," 18 Jan. 2018 Sterne, a prominent Abstract Expressionist who died in 2011, seemed to have a premonition of her late-in-life blindness. New York Times, "Artists Who Lose Their Vision, Then See Clearly," 19 June 2018 The statement — made a day before Russia would play Spain in the World Cup’s round of 16 — was both pushback and premonition. Andrew Das, New York Times, "That Roar You Heard Was From Russia. Its Team Sent Spain Packing.," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of premonition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for premonition

Middle English premunition, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin premunition-, premunitio, alteration of Late Latin praemonitio, from Latin praemonēre to warn in advance, from prae- + monēre to warn — more at mind

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English Language Learners Definition of premonition

: a feeling or belief that something is going to happen when there is no definite reason to believe it will


pre·​mo·​ni·​tion | \ ˌprē-mə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce premonition (audio) , ˌpre-\

Kids Definition of premonition

: a feeling that something is going to happen

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