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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

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to give a slight indication of beforehand
  • the hope that the housing slump does not harbinger a general economic recession

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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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The first known use of harbinger was in the 14th century

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“Harbinger.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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