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  • adj. Full of presages; ominous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of presages; ominous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of presage; prophetic; ominous.
  • Prophetic; foreknowing.


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  • They went down to the basement together, their footsteps echoing in the eerie, presageful calm of a house which, with tomorrow, will awaken to voices, movement and the ceaseless hum of purposeful activity.

    A Mind to Murder

  • Thus the imagination broods over and explores the shows and secrets, presageful warnings and alluring invitations, storms and calms, island homes and unknown havens, of the dim seas of nature and of man, of time and of eternity.

    The Destiny of the Soul A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life

  • She came in this evening with a look presageful of news indeed.


  • In the eastern sky the florid face of a hunter's moon looked down, from the level line of a leaden cloud, which striped the star emblazoned shield of night, like a bar sinister; and the white lustre of her rays was dimmed to a lurid dulness solemn and presageful.

    At the Mercy of Tiberius

  • The Christmas Sabbath dawned cold and dim, and along the eastern sky gray marbled masses of cloud with dun, stratified bases, built themselves into the likeness of vast teocallis to Tonatiuh, over whose apex the struggling rays fell red and presageful.

    At the Mercy of Tiberius

  • Johnson had not that fine sensitiveness to the political atmosphere which made Burke presageful of coming tempest, but both of them felt that there was something dangerous in this man.

    Among My Books First Series

  • She was a free, happy woman, who, in presageful, blissful trepidation, smiled at the future, and said to each minute, "Stay, stay, for thou art so beautiful!"

    Henry VIII and His Court

  • After the presageful pause of a moment, Lady Wooler said, Ã’Rosetta, I come to offer you the alternative of liberty, or perpetual imprisonment, which last must be your inevitable portion, if you refuse to comply with the conditions I shall propose.

    The Castle of Tynemouth. A Tale

  • Parents, it is true, are in general great observers of infantine occurrences; and very apt to be presageful of wonderful results expected from trivial causes.

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson


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