Definition of foreboding in English:


Line breaks: fore|bod¦ing
Pronunciation: /fɔːˈbəʊdɪŋ


[mass noun]


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  • Implying that something bad is going to happen: when the Doctor spoke, his voice was dark and foreboding
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    • White and a pale sort of foamy green swirled together on the walls, and the doors were dark blue, ominous and foreboding pits that threatened to cave in before bad news.
    • Cue a sinister clap of thunder and a foreboding flash of lightning.
    • Animal sounds - the call of birds, the cry of small herbivores and the screams of predators - emanated from the foliage, giving it an ominous, foreboding atmosphere.



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  • He added, forebodingly: ‘It is difficult to predict the motives of prosecutors and independent counsels who may in the future decide to pursue unwarranted charges based on [the War Crimes Act].’
  • I had pictured the place as nothing more than a few scattered farmhouses and a fence separating the highway from a faraway, forebodingly off-limits military base.
  • ‘I saw him watching me to see my reaction to everything,’ she says forebodingly.

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