premonition meaning

premonition meaning Some people claim to have premonitions, such as a dream about a friend they haven’t seen in years the night before the friend dies. A premonition is a warning that comes in advance, or a feeling that something is going to happen.

Like the synonym foreboding, a premonition usually refers to something bad or harmful. This noun is from Middle French premonicion, from Late Latin praemonitio, from Latin praemonere “to warn in advance,” from the prefix prae- “before” plus monere “to warn.”

Definitions of premonition
  1. noun

    an early warning about a future event


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    a message informing of danger
  2. noun

    a feeling of evil to come

    boding, foreboding, presentiment

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    a premonition of something adverse

    a foreboding about what is about to happen

    type of:

    apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread

    fearful expectation or anticipation
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