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herald

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of herald

  1. 1 a person who actively supports or favors a cause an outspoken herald of prison reform Synonyms of herald advocate, advocator, apostle, backer, booster, champion, expounder, espouser, friend, gospeler (or gospeller), exponent, hierophant, high priest, paladin, promoter, proponent, protagonist, supporter, true believer, tub-thumper, white knightWords Related to herald loyalist, partisan (also partizan), stalwart; adherent, cohort, disciple, follower; interpreter; applauder, cheerleader, encourager, fellow travelerNear Antonyms of herald enemy, foe, rival; belittler, critic, faultfinderAntonyms of herald adversary, antagonist, opponent

  2. 2 one that announces or indicates the later arrival of another the American robin—the herald of spring in the North Synonyms of herald angel, foregoer, harbinger, forerunner, outrider, precursorWords Related to herald 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 herald

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

herald

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of herald

  1. 1 to give a slight indication of beforehand the reshuffle of the company's management heralded the sweeping changes to come Synonyms of herald adumbrate, forerun, harbinger, foreshadow, prefigureWords Related to herald anticipate, foreknow, foresee; forecast, foretell, predict, prognosticate, prophesy; forewarn; augur, bode, forebode (also forbode), portend, presage, promise; allude, connote, hint, imply, insinuate, intimate, suggest

  2. 2 to make known openly or publicly herald the great tidings to all the world Synonyms of herald advertise, annunciate, blare, blaze, blazon, broadcast, declare, enunciate, flash, give out, announce, placard, post, proclaim, promulgate, publicize, publish, release, sound, trumpetWords Related to herald bark, call (off or out), cry; bill, billboard, bulletin, gazette [chiefly British]; knell, ring, toll; blurb, feature, pitch, plug, promote, puff; disseminate, spread; disclose, divulge, introduce, kithe [chiefly Scottish], manifest, report, reveal, show; advise, apprise, hand down, inform, notify; communicate, impart, intimateNear Antonyms of herald conceal, hush (up), silence, suppress, withhold; recall, recant, retract, revoke



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