Definition of premonition in English:

premonition

Line breaks: pre|mon|ition
Pronunciation: /ˌprɛməˈnɪʃ(ə)n
 
, ˌpriː-/

noun

  • A strong feeling that something is about to happen, especially something unpleasant: he had a premonition of imminent disaster
    More example sentences
    • I had strong premonitions of doom, the unmistakable feeling I was walking into a trap.
    • The prince searches for her through the white night of St. Petersburg, his mind full of confusion, premonitions and anxiety, as on the eve of an attack.
    • A chill, in accordance with all the cliches about premonitions and fears, went up my spine. I got up on the counter.

Derivatives

premonitory

Pronunciation: /prɪˈmɒnɪt(ə)ri/
adjective
More example sentences
  • For instance, I'm not looking ahead to my 30th birthday with any sort of premonitory dread.
  • At home, one reaction has been a revival of premonitory scenarios of gloom.
  • All the same, there are two passages in the book that I found eerily premonitory of what she would do ten years later.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'advance warning'): from French prémonition, from late Latin praemonitio(n-), from Latin praemonere, from prae 'before' + monere 'warn'.

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