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
  1. noun
    a feeling of evil to come
    “a steadily escalating sense of foreboding
    synonyms: boding, premonition, presentiment
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    a premonition of something adverse
    a foreboding about what is about to happen
    type of:
    apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
    fearful expectation or anticipation
  2. noun
    an unfavorable omen
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    type of:
    omen, portent, presage, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication
    a sign of something about to happen
  3. adjective
    ominously prophetic
    synonyms: fateful, portentous
    prophetic, prophetical
    foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention
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