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forerunner

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of forerunner

  1. 1 one that announces or indicates the later arrival of another the return of the swallows is traditionally regarded as a forerunner of spring Synonyms of forerunner angel, foregoer, harbinger, herald, outrider, precursor Words Related to forerunner foreboder, foreshadower, foretaste, forewarning; advertiser, announcer, blazoner, crier, proclaimer; courier, messenger, runner; augury, auspice, boding, foreboding, foreshadowing, omen, portent, prefiguring, presage; mark, sign, symptom; bellwether

  2. 2 something belonging to an earlier time from which something else was later developed enjoyed the demonstration of the simple hand loom that was the forerunner of today's computer-controlled looms Synonyms of forerunner antecedent, archetype, daddy, foregoer, ancestor, granddaddy (also grandaddy), precursor, predecessor, prototypeWords Related to forerunner model, original; originator, sire; father, motherNear Antonyms of forerunner by-product, derivative, offshoot, outgrowth, spin-off; daughter, sonAntonyms of forerunner descendant (also descendent)

Synonym Discussion of forerunner

forerunner, precursor, harbinger, herald mean one that goes before or announces the coming of another. forerunner is applicable to anything that serves as a sign or presage.
    • the blockade was the forerunner of war
precursor applies to a person or thing paving the way for the success or accomplishment of another.
    • 18th century poets like Burns were precursors of the Romantics
harbinger and herald both apply, chiefly figuratively, to one that proclaims or announces the coming or arrival of a notable event.
    • their early victory was the harbinger of a winning season
    • the herald of a new age in medicine


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