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Definitions for foreboding
fɔrˈboʊ dɪŋ, foʊr-fore·bod·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreboding, premonition, presentiment, bodingnoun

    a feeling of evil to come

    "a steadily escalating sense of foreboding"; "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case"

  2. forebodingadjective

    an unfavorable omen

  3. fateful, foreboding(a), portentousadjective

    ominously prophetic


  1. forebodingnoun

    A sense of evil to come.

  2. forebodingnoun

    An evil omen.

  3. forebodingadjective

    Of ominous significance; serving as an ill omen; foretelling of harm or difficulty.


  1. foreboding

    Foreboding is a strong feeling or premonition that something unpleasant or disastrous is going to happen. It can be characterized by a sense of dread, unease, or apprehension about the future. Foreboding can also refer to a warning or indication of something negative in the future.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foreboding

    of Forebode

  2. Forebodingnoun

    presage of coming ill; expectation of misfortune

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foreboding in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foreboding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of foreboding in a Sentence

  1. A.E. Samaan:

    I see foreboding and foreshadowing... Sunrise to sunset in your eyes.

  2. Lars Pilø:

    Fieldwork will continue as long as there is ice left in the high mountains, i do feel a deep sense of foreboding doing this type of work.

  3. Aeschylus:

    I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.

  4. Tom Rhodes:

    A very foreboding sign, the journalist was killed just three days after President Salva Kiir threatened to target journalists before departing for peace talks in Addis Ababa, it is still too early to tell whether there is a link but this tragedy will certainly cast a pall over independent reporting in the country as South Sudanese journalists are increasingly forced to self-censor as a means of survival.

  5. Martin Van Buren:

    We have seen time gradually dispel every unfavorable foreboding and our Constitution surmount every adverse circumstance dreaded at the outset as beyond control.

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  • поличба, прокобаBulgarian
  • zlá předtuchaCzech
  • Vorahnung, bange Ahnung, AhnungGerman
  • presentimiento, mal presentimientoSpanish
  • [[paha]] [[enne]]Finnish
  • mauvais pressentimentFrench
  • brutto presentimento, malaugurioItalian
  • [[mau]] [[agouro]], [[mau]] [[pressentimento]]Portuguese
  • piază, presimțire rea, presentiment răuRomanian
  • предчувствие, предзнаменование, [[предчувствие]] [[дурнойRussian
  • predznak zla, zla slutnjaSerbo-Croatian
  • sezi, kötü his, önsezi, içine doğma, malum olmaTurkish

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