One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A strong feeling that something is about to happen, especially something unpleasant.‘he had a premonition of imminent disaster’
apprehension, apprehensiveness, anxiety, perturbation, trepidation, disquiet, disquietude, unease, uneasiness, misgiving, suspicion, worry, fear, fearfulness, dread, alarmforeboding, presentiment, intuition, feeling, hunch, suspicion, sneaking suspicion, feeling in one's bones, funny feeling, vague feeling, inkling, idea, sixth senseView synonyms
- ‘I am quite sure that you should not worry too much about your premonitions.’
- ‘There is a mystery lurking in Julie's past, a dead body in the pool house, a wizened dwarf all dressed in black: omens, premonitions, suspicions that things are not what they seem.’
- ‘She glanced at Bev and realized her friend was worried about the premonition.’
- ‘Marriage is a very real commitment and is devoid of the romantic notions and premonitions we have about it, and that we carry before engagement.’
- ‘It can indicate premonitions or other intuitions about what is to come.’
- ‘Perhaps my visions are premonitions… though I doubt it greatly.’
- ‘A chill, in accordance with all the cliches about premonitions and fears, went up my spine. I got up on the counter.’
- ‘The prince searches for her through the white night of St. Petersburg, his mind full of confusion, premonitions and anxiety, as on the eve of an attack.’
- ‘I had strong premonitions of doom, the unmistakable feeling I was walking into a trap.’
- ‘My cousin's wife spent last night talking about horrible premonitions and it didn't take much to convince my cousin that they would be better off at home.’
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘advance warning’): from French prémonition, from late Latin praemonitio(n-), from Latin praemonere, from prae ‘before’ + monere ‘warn’.
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