Presentiment definition

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The definition of a presentiment is a feeling of foreboding or an intuitive feeling about something bad that will happen in the future.

When you have a strong feeling of dread and are convinced that your wedding day is going to be a disaster, this is an example of presentiment.

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A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.
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A feeling that something, esp. of an unfortunate or evil nature, is about to take place; foreboding.
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A premonition; a feeling that something, often of undesirable nature, is going to happen.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
presentiment
Plural:
presentiments

Origin of presentiment

  • Obsolete French from presentir to feel beforehand from Latin praesentīre prae- pre- sentīre to feel sent- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From French pressentiment, from Middle French

    From Wiktionary