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harbinger

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of harbinger

  1. one that announces or indicates the later arrival of another her father's successful job interview was seen as a harbinger of better times to come Synonyms of harbinger angel, foregoer, forerunner, herald, outrider, precursorWords Related to harbinger 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

Synonym Discussion of harbinger

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

harbinger

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of harbinger

  1. to give a slight indication of beforehand the hope that the housing slump does not harbinger a general economic recession Synonyms of harbinger adumbrate, forerun, foreshadow, herald, prefigureWords Related to harbinger anticipate, foreknow, foresee; forecast, foretell, predict, prognosticate, prophesy; forewarn; augur, bode, forebode (also forbode), portend, presage, promise; allude, connote, hint, imply, insinuate, intimate, suggest



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