Something that is a sign of things to come can be said to prefigure the future thing — and usually not in a good way.

Sleeping through your alarm Monday morning might prefigure your entire week — in other words, it might be a sign of the unlucky days ahead.English is rich in terms that have the basic meaning of "tell something about the future." Perhaps because we all wish we knew more about it! The Latin root of prefigure is praefigurare, from prae, "before," and figurare , "to form or shape."

Definitions of prefigure

v indicate by signs

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

v imagine or consider beforehand

“It wasn't as bad as I had prefigured
Type of:
conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case

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