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 "to make a prediction or give a warning of what's to come." A terrible end-of-season football game might presage the struggles that the team will face next season.

Definitions of presage

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

omen, portent, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication
a favorable omen
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

augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, 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

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