One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sign or indication of the future; an omen, a portent, a foreshadowing. Now rare.
2Power to foretell the future, foresight, prediction; an instance of this, a presentiment, a prophecy, a forecast.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Norden (c1547–1625), cartographer. From presage + -ment.
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