Definition of presentiment in English:


Line breaks: pre|sen¦ti|ment
Pronunciation: /prɪˈzɛntɪm(ə)nt
, -ˈsɛn-/


An intuitive feeling about the future, especially one of foreboding: a presentiment of disaster
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  • Often Hou's images seem like presentiments of future memories rather than representations of present happenings.
  • He hoped that we could meet some other time, but I had a presentiment that a future occasion may not be possible in this world.
  • But there was the tiniest presentiment of disaster.
premonition, foreboding, intuition, feeling, hunch, suspicion, sneaking suspicion, feeling in one's bones, funny feeling, vague feeling, inkling, idea, sixth sense;
misgiving, worry, anxiety, apprehension, apprehensiveness, fear, dread
archaic presage


early 18th century: from obsolete French présentiment.

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