Pronunciation: /also prɪˈseɪdʒ /[with object]
- 1Be a sign or warning of (an imminent event, typically an unwelcome one): the heavy clouds above the moorland presaged snowMore example sentences
portend, augur, foreshadow, foretell, prophesy, be an omen of, herald, be a sign of, be the harbinger of, be a warning of, give a warning of, warn of, be an indication of, indicate, be a presage of, signal, bode, announce, promise, threaten; point to, mean, signify, spell, denote, add up to, amount to
- However, this entry seems to presage Kenny's imminent defeat, and in so doing raises the ethnic issue once again.
- Three years after she developed asthma, I had also; her stomach problems presaged similar ones for me.
- This makes possible rapid identification of a disturbing trend that could presage an adverse event.
- 1.1 • archaic (Of a person) predict: lands he could measure, terms and tides presageMore example sentences
- We may speculate too whether they will presage anything very different from what was said.
- Repeatedly the disasters he presaged were less troubling than I had feared.
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- 1An omen or portent: the fever was a sombre presage of his final illnessMore example sentences
- Perhaps this morning was a promise of beauty yet to come, a presage of what we can expect later on this week.
- For this is both a presage of the future, reflected in her grave and silent face as she supports his little body, and the epitome of what it is to be a mother.
- Aware of dire presages connected to the coming of a solar eclipse, he sought to avert the impending dangers; but he died at dawn on May 21, 1639.
- 1.1 • archaic A feeling of presentiment or foreboding: he had a strong presage that he had only a very short time to liveMore example sentences
- Also, as I have been informed, he had a presage before he first attempted it, which did foresee it would turn to his ruin.
- Terrified by her presage of death, the patient immediately contacted Mitchell for a series of consultations.
late Middle English (as a noun): via French from Latin praesagium, from praesagire 'forebode', from prae 'before' + sagire 'perceive keenly'.