from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Indication in advance.

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  • noun Indication in advance.
  • verb Present participle of foretoken.


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From foretoken +‎ -ing.

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From foretoken ("to foreshadow").


  • To add to the discomfort of all -- not excepting Boone himself -- the sun, which had thus far shone out warm and brilliant, began to grow more and more dim, as a thick haze spread through the atmosphere overhead, foretokening an approaching storm -- an event which might prove entirely disastrous to their hopes, by obliterating all vestiges of the pursued.

    Ella Barnwell A Historical Romance of Border Life

  • The sense, the inward feeling, in the soul of each believer, of its exceeding 'desirableness' -- the experience, that he 'needs' something, joined with the strong foretokening, that the redemption and the graces propounded to us in Christ are 'what' he needs -- this I hold to be the true foundation of the spiritual edifice.

    The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1838

  • Island's red shores with gleams of gold foretokening a fine day after all.

    Anne of the Island

  • In Millais '"Christ in the House of his Parents," the boy has wounded the palm of his hand upon a nail, another foretokening of the crucifixion.

    A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century

  • Even ties, lumber and rails were being piled here and there, as foretokening that one more of the many short lines of railway was now being prepared for use in the near future.

    Our Pilots in the Air

  • It was such a coloured thing; though the grey things also, the cool things, all the fresher for the contrast -- with a freshness, again, that seemed to touch and cool the soul -- found their account [55] there; the clangorous passage of the birds at night foretokening rain, the moan of the wind at the door, the wind's self made visible over the yielding corn.

    Gaston de Latour; an unfinished romance

  • Was her aunt aware of symptoms in herself, foretokening other or more serious illness?

    Faith Gartney's Girlhood

  • Whatsoever might be the event, there was little difficulty in shaping out an appropriate or equivalent prediction; and it did seem at times sufficiently marvellous that few occurrences should take place which could not be traced to some dark foretokening enveloped in one or other of these mystical revelations.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)

  • This event was considered by many as the usual foretokening that its owner, Charles Chadwick, of Healey and Ridware, would speedily be removed by death from the seat of his ancestors; and so it proved, for in the course of a few months he died at Lichfield, _aged eighty-two_.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)

  • "There's death at the door, then, sure enough," she continued; "aw this gramarye and foretokening isn't for nought; so who's to pay for it?"

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)


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