AskDefine | Define foreboding

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foreboding adj : of ominous significance [syn: fateful, foreboding(a), portentous]


1 a feeling of evil to come; "a steadily escalating sense of foreboding"; "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case" [syn: premonition, presentiment, boding]
2 an unfavorable omen

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A sense of evil to come.
  2. An evil omen.


  • 1956 — Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 41
    A sense of foreboding, the like of which he had never known before, hung heavily on him.



Sense of evil to come
Evil omen


  1. Of ominous significance.


  1. present participle of forebode

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