Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A presentiment of the future; a foreboding.
  • n. A warning in advance; a forewarning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clairvoyant or clairaudient experience, such as a dream, which resonates with some event in the future.
  • n. A strong intuition that something is about to happen (usually something negative, but not exclusively).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Previous warning, notice, or information; forewarning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of premonishing or forewarning; hence, a previous warning or notification of subsequent events; previous information.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an early warning about a future event
  • n. a feeling of evil to come

Etymologies

Late Latin praemonitiō, praemonitiōn-, from Latin praemonitus, past participle of praemonēre, to forewarn : prae-, pre- + monēre, to warn; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Mid 15th century, from Anglo-Norman premunition, from Late Latin praemonitionem ("a forewarning"), form of praemonitio, from Latin praemonitius, form of praemoneō, from prae ("before") (English pre-) + monere ("to warn") (from which English monitor). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Central America, like those we are living through today, perhaps it was in premonition of the present crossroads, that Rubén

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  • We are fascinated by the idea of premonition, oracles and anything that would allow a sneak peak at the unknown.

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  • A premonition is an early warning of future events and is dominated by physical sensations: an inexplicable feeling of unease or excitement that something bad or good is about to happen.

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  • I had that thing called a premonition that something was dreadfully wrong.

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  • His was not an imaginative nature, but a premonition is a premonition, and he had just joined the Big Five, so that his responsibilities, should anything difficult turn up, would be by no means decreased.

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  • And yet, some indefinable feeling -- hardly strong enough to be called a premonition -- kept her from accepting it.

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  • The so-called premonition on the part of animals he explains by the hypothesis of a preceding electrical disturbance.

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  • Then, for the first time, she recalled her premonition of disaster, yet, how she had refused to let the yacht be put off its course.

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