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
Recent Examples on the Web This seemed an invitation to interpret her painting’s falling ladder as a premonition of a career’s end. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "Every Nicole Eisenman Picture Tells a Story," 22 Feb. 2021 This might fit the bill: Chicago mentalist Sidney Friedman is online for the big night, pledging to read minds over Zoom in an interactive show of telepathy and premonition. Doug George,, "What to do for New Years Eve in Chicago: Live-streaming and a live event to ring in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 His chopping pantomime as celebration must have sprung from a similar premonition. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Badgers defeat Gophers 20-17 in overtime, keeping Paul Bunyan's Axe," 20 Dec. 2020 Only the loss in January of Kobe, 13-year-old Gianna and seven others in a fiery crash on a foggy hillside in Calabasas still pulled at our hearts, a premonition of grief that lay ahead. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, "This year was not supposed to be anything like 2019 — and COVID made sure of it," 13 Dec. 2020 Four years later, the roles reversed: Hebner had the same accurate premonition about Sonderman. Rhaina Cohen, The Atlantic, "When a Friend Is Your Life Partner," 20 Oct. 2020 Produced by Chuck Stevenson and Lauren A. White On the morning of his death on September 20, 2009, Kevin Robert Harris II, 21, an up-and-coming hip-hop producer had a frightening premonition. Michelle Miller, CBS News, "FBI seeks new witnesses in unsolved murder of hip-hop producer," 30 Sep. 2020 In an eerie premonition, an ink and gouache drawing by François-Nicolas Chifflart shows the fire in the cathedral imagined by Victor Hugo in his novel. Elaine Sciolino, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Notre-Dame Crypt Reopens for the First Time Since the Fire," 9 Sep. 2020 Without the slightest premonition of any issues with his health, Pyotr Verzilov, a Russian opposition activist, suddenly fell violently ill two years ago and slipped into a coma, a common problem for opponents of the Kremlin. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Don’t Drink the Tea: Poison Is a Favored Weapon in Russia," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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“Premonition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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