Etymology
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foreboding (n.)

late 14c., "a predilection, portent, omen," from fore- + verbal noun from bode. Meaning "sense of something bad about to happen" is from c. 1600. Old English equivalent form forebodung meant "prophecy." Related: Forebodingly.

updated on December 17, 2014

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Definitions of foreboding from WordNet
1
foreboding (n.)
an unfavorable omen;
foreboding (n.)
a feeling of evil to come;
a steadily escalating sense of foreboding
Synonyms: premonition / presentiment / boding
2
foreboding (adj.)
ominously prophetic;
Synonyms: fateful / portentous
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