Some people claim to have premonitions, such as a dream about a friend they haven't seen in years the night before the friend dies. A premonition is a warning that comes in advance, or a feeling that something is going to happen.

Like the synonym foreboding, a premonition usually refers to something bad or harmful. This noun is from Middle French premonicion, from Late Latin praemonitio, from Latin praemonere "to warn in advance," from the prefix prae- "before" plus monere "to warn."

Definitions of premonition
  1. noun
    an early warning about a future event
    synonyms: forewarning
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    type of:
    a message informing of danger
  2. noun
    a feeling of evil to come
    synonyms: boding, foreboding, 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
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