One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a situation or occurrence) act as an advance warning of (something bad)‘this lull foreboded some new assault upon him’
presage, augur, portend, prognosticate, foreshadow, foreshow, foretell, forecast, predict, prophesy, forewarn, warn of, be a warning of, herald, be an omen of, be a harbinger ofView synonyms
- ‘This is an ambitious but important security mechanism; however, inadequate military resources, fragile political institutions, and weak economies forebode great difficulty in getting started.’
- ‘Their return in a second blister pack of two miniatures forebodes devastation among enemy ranks!’
- ‘Paper money had depreciated, and the conditions foreboded a crash.’
- ‘The sobering presentation foreboded the future of Taiwan's relationship with the United States.’
- ‘It forebodes a deeper commitment than we have seen evidence of in just the 10 episodes.’
- 1.1 Have a presentiment of (something bad)‘I foreboded mischief the moment I heard’
- ‘We foreboded it, yet I was stupid enough to bring them.’
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