Premonition definition

prĕmə-nĭshən, prēmə-
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A presentiment of the future; a foreboding.
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A warning in advance; a forewarning.
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A feeling that something, esp. something bad, will happen; foreboding; presentiment.
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The definition of a premonition is an advance warning or a feeling that something is going to happen.

An example of a premonition is a tornado alert.

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A warning in advance; a forewarning.
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A strong intuition that something is about to happen (usually something negative, but not exclusively).
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A clairvoyant or clairaudient experience, such as a dream, which resonates with some event in the future.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
premonition
Plural:
premonitions

Origin of premonition

  • Late Latin praemonitiō praemonitiōn- from Latin praemonitus past participle of praemonēre to forewarn prae- pre- monēre to warn men-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Mid 15th century, from Anglo-Norman premunition, from Late Latin praemonitionem (“a forewarning"), form of praemonitio, from Latin praemonitius, form of praemoneō, from prae (“before") (English pre-) + monere (“to warn") (from which English monitor).

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare Germanic foretelling, forewarning.

    From Wiktionary