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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 Of course, the idea gives way to some scary thoughts, too, with premonitions of a time when people will have their most intimate thoughts snatched from their conscience by corporations. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Don’t panic, but companies are harvesting data straight from your brain," 30 Jan. 2020 The last time the Nuggets lost ten days ago, Nuggets coach Michael Malone had a premonition. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Surging Nuggets beat Timberwolves for fifth win in a row," 20 Dec. 2019 Audiences will watch with a glimmer of hope for her, but also with a sense of disquieted premonition. NBC News, "'Babylon Berlin' season 3: New murder mystery, same dark fascinations," 20 Dec. 2019 Both relief and premonition pushed my mind in a satirical direction. Tim Zimmermann, Washington Post, "My terminally ill mother wanted to end her own life. What would it take to fulfill her last wish?," 11 Dec. 2019 Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal LEXINGTON – Seconds after the opening tip of Kentucky’s matchup with UAB, Ashton Hagans found Nick Richards for a dunk and a 2-0 lead in a premonition of things to come. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "John Calipari thinks Ashton Hagans might be the best point guard in the country," 2 Dec. 2019 The passage has been read as an eerie premonition of his future appropriation by the Nazis—although there is no way of knowing exactly what kind of crisis is meant. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019 That premonition has proven correct, as the Trevians enter the final month of the season on a four-game losing streak following a season-opening win against Lyons. Steve Reaven,, "Football notebook: New Trier keeps positive outlook amid rough start," 30 Sep. 2019 Ella Balinska has a memory that now must feel like a premonition. Marie Claire, "Ella Balinska Is Not Your Mom's Angel," 6 Nov. 2019

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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 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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