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

  • n. A sense of impending evil or misfortune.
  • n. An evil omen; a portent.
  • adj. Marked by or indicative of foreboding; ominous.

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  • n. A sense of evil to come.
  • n. An evil omen.
  • adj. Of ominous significance; serving as an ill omen; foretelling of harm or difficulty.
  • v. Present participle of forebode.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Presage of coming ill; expectation of misfortune.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Presage; foreshadowing; ominous suggestion.
  • n. Synonyms Portent, Prognostic, etc. See omen.

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

  • n. a feeling of evil to come
  • adj. ominously prophetic
  • n. an unfavorable omen


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fore- +‎ boding


  • With much foreboding from the other characters as to how the disaster has altered the healthy course of her mind, she commits herself to the path of revenge and vows to regain their inheritance from her bitter uncle or his invalid son.

    Wilkie Collins’ No Name « Tales from the Reading Room

  • The word foreboding it self means premonition of something is coming, the video and scenes, I have purposely made them mysterious, a bit unconnected, yet a bit revealing the gist of the story of the curse, that something is coming, "The Curse," a confrontation, revealed in the end of the Unveiled version.

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  • Kazinski — the real foreboding is that a couple of minutes won’t really answer the question (unless the question is just did people ever use the term ‘police officer’ before 1960″?).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Why Suspect When You Can Find Out?

  • At the start of the quick-cut teaser, Crockett (Colin Farrell) says: "You understand the meaning of the word foreboding?

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  • "From Winchester!" said Cadfael with certainty, recalling the foreboding, the cloud and the fire.

    An Excellent Mystery

  • A sense that in a human might have been called foreboding filled the rogue; but it had no time for even meta-emotions; it was driving ever closer to its enemy sun, and it needed all its forces for the task ahead.

    Starchild Omnibus

  • Many persons have an obscure perception -- a foreboding, which is to them always indicative of an approaching earthquake.

    Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests

  • But transcending all the sport and all the foreboding was the performance of one man.

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  • Besides Sam and (to Cam's surprise) Vala succumbing to baby-talk with Teyla's kid, the most interesting thing to happen so far is Teal'c, expression foreboding, fending off Zelenka, Simpson, and Biro with one hand while Ronon pins a squawking McKay to a wall and performs a thorough body search for misappropriated snack foods.


  • "Oddly enough, the PBS offering is showier and more melodramatic, embellished with the kind of foreboding sound effects and stark black-and-white photographs that are a specialty of Sept. 11 films or accounts on the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis," writes reviewer Allesandra Stanley.

    PBS Screws Up Report on Financial Crisis


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  • I love using this word in conversation. It never fails to gets the point across.

    June 8, 2009