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


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

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.

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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).


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