Definition of foretaste in English:



  • A sample or suggestion of something that lies ahead.

    ‘his behemoth task force is just a foretaste of what is to come’
    • ‘Each experience of beauty, in a poem, for instance, is only a foretaste and a sign of what is still greater.’
    • ‘Back outside the day centre in Inverness, a chill wind blew off the Moray Firth, a foretaste of the approaching winter.’
    • ‘You will not sleep more than a few hours and the illness is less serious than my anger or cruelty and the dark bedroom is like a foretaste of other darknesses to come later which all of us must endure alone but here I am permitted to be with you’
    • ‘Or is it a meager, yet expressive hint that the forgiveness of sins is a foretaste of eternal life?’
    • ‘However, your stop-over will probably act as a foretaste of this incredible land of rugged terrain and rocky coasts, and not forgetting the fact that Japan is one of the few places in the world that enjoys four seasons.’
    • ‘This disaster, swamping highly populated coastal plains, is perhaps a foretaste of what is to come on a more frequent basis as we continue to destroy the environment and the atmosphere that sustains us.’
    • ‘The merger's torturous progress to completion may have given a foretaste of the problems that lay ahead.’
    • ‘As Lorraine recalls, the couple had an early foretaste of what lay ahead as they flew into Havana, the Cuban capital.’
    • ‘For most other Christians, instrumental and vocal music embody praise of the divine, and at best may suggest a foretaste of paradise.’
    • ‘After such a dry and thirsty summer it is good that we now have some soft showers to give us a foretaste of what it will be like in the lush rain forests of the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.’
    • ‘The programme even opens with a theatrically portentous pre-credits teaser, an appetising foretaste of the bloodshed to come.’
    • ‘The brief skirmishes in the featured two missions certainly gave an appetizing foretaste of what is hopefully to come.’
    • ‘For Bulgarians, the day was declared a public holiday, with formalities, flag-raisings, fireworks and concerts, a small foretaste of similar celebrations that will be held when the day comes to join the EU.’
    • ‘Although they were high in the mountains, and the wind was from the east, and cold with a foretaste of winter, still, it felt warmer than the gelid air radiating from the White River.’
    • ‘The Sars virus alert in 2003 gave a foretaste of what could happen.’
    • ‘A foretaste of the moment of accession to the EU was the ceremony in April when Bulgaria, among others, was formally enlisted in the ranks of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.’
    • ‘September and October are the best months to sample the new wine, giving a foretaste of what the following year's vintage will be like.’
    • ‘Here, a little extra altitude gave them all a foretaste of the winter to come.’
    • ‘The catastrophe [of these] seabirds is just a foretaste of what lies ahead.’
    sample, taster, taste, preview, trailer, appetizer, tester, specimen, example
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