pre·​mo·​ni·​tion | \ˌprē-mə-ˈni-shən, ˌpre- \

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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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 Get our daily newsletter EVEN during its heyday in the 1930s, the Shanghai of legend seemed to live under a premonition of death. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 Anodyne still lifes and depopulated landscapes curdle into premonitions of disaster. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Walk Through This Exhibition With Dread. You Know Where It Leads.," 5 Apr. 2018 In the decade since China’s first successful anti-satellite missile test, Shelton’s premonition has largely come true: Everything has changed in space. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 Alvarez rendered my reality a little more tangible by putting it in words, but more than validation, the book proved to be premonition. New York Times, "In Praise of Julia Alvarez," 20 June 2018 Definitely no premonitions of leaving Texas Tech after only one college season. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Barely 19, Zhaire Smith has 'surprised' in NBA workouts. Could Hornets take a gamble?," 14 June 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, ˌpre-\

Kids Definition of premonition

: a feeling that something is going to happen

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