When you get a foreboding, you get a sense that something bad is going to happen. A foreboding is a foretelling, a sign or a glimpse, that "something wicked this way comes" — or might come.

If something doesn’t "bode" well, it means that the future doesn't look good. A foreboding is a glimpse or a feeling that bad things are going to happen. It's a premonition, or look into the future. Most times foreboding implies that something evil is coming, but sometimes it's used for anything bad up ahead, as in "she had a foreboding that the trip would get canceled due to the hurricane." Even if the future looks bright, a foreboding casts dread over what's ahead.

Definitions of foreboding

n a feeling of evil to come

“a steadily escalating sense of foreboding
boding, premonition, presentiment
a premonition of something adverse
a foreboding about what is about to happen
Type of:
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
fearful expectation or anticipation

n an unfavorable omen

Type of:
omen, portent, presage, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication
a sign of something about to happen

adj ominously prophetic

fateful, portentous
prophetic, prophetical
foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention

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