presage

A presage is a sign that something bad is about to happen, like when you get that queasy feeling in your stomach because your mom found out you skipped band practice to go to the movies.

Presage, pronounced "PREH-sige," can be a noun or a verb. As a noun, presage is a warning or omen of bad things to come, like a strange quiet and stillness in the air, presage to the coming tornado. As a verb, presage means "making a prediction or giving a warning of what's to come," like a terrible end-of-season football game's outcome game that presaged the struggles the team faced the next season.

DEFINITIONS OF: presage

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n a foreboding about what is about to happen

Type of:
boding, foreboding, premonition, presentiment
a feeling of evil to come

n a sign of something about to happen

Synonyms:
omen, portent, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication
Types:
auspice
a favorable omen
foreboding
an unfavorable omen
death knell
an omen of death or destruction
Type of:
augury, foretoken, preindication, sign
an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come

v indicate by signs

Synonyms:
augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, prognosticate
Types:
threaten
to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"
foreshow
foretell by divine inspiration
Type of:
bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal
be a signal for or a symptom of
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