foreshow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v foreshow foretell by divine inspiration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Foreshow To show or exhibit beforehand; to give foreknowledge of; to prognosticate; to foretell. "Your looks foreshow You have a gentle heart.""Next, like Aurora, Spenser rose,
      Whose purple blush the day foreshows ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • foreshow To show, represent, or exhibit beforehand; foretoken.
    • n foreshow A sign given beforehand; a foretoken.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Foreshow fōr-shō′ to show or represent beforehand: to predict
    • Foreshow Also Foreshew′
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. foresceáwian, to foresee, provide; fore + sceáwian, to see. See Show (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

At least accomplish what your signs foreshow: I stand resign'd, and am prepar'd to go.
"The Aeneid" by Virgil
Thou mayest foreshow the antidote; thou canst not effect the bane.
"Zanoni" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
So these publicly declared that the signal foreshowed the desolation that was coming upon them.
"The Wars of the Jews or History of the Destruction of Jerusalem" by Flavius Josephus
The approaching hour appeareth great with woe: Some guile-born misery doth Fate foreshow.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Then the light which appeared from heaven was taken up from their eyes, and foreshowed the ascension of the saint unto heaven.
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
That eager haste Some doubling wile foreshows.
"The Dog's Book of Verse" by Various
What times of sweetness this fair day foreshows, I.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The day of Pentecost foreshowed the universality of some language.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
What direful omen do these signs foreshow?
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
When the autumn of a man's life is thus sweet and fruitful and serene, we see how outward nature merely hints and foreshows its master.
"From the Easy Chair, series 3" by George William Curtis
The gods' foreknowledge on our swords will wait: If we fight well, they must foreshow good fate.
"Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)" by John Dryden
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In poetry:

Lift thy head and thyself baptize
In the hopes that radiant rise,
Heaven to earth foreshowing,
And in each life-spark glowing!
"Oyvind's Song" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Then shall the chief diviner glad reply,
"The bears foreshow that Heaven will send you sons.
The snakes and cobras daughters prophesy.
These auguries are all auspicious ones.
"On The Completion Of A Royal Palace" by Confucius
Sweetheart, be my sweetheart
In the mellow golden glow
Of earth aflush with the gracious blush
Which the ripening fields foreshow;
Dear sweetheart, be my sweetheart,
As into the noon we go!
"Be My Sweetheart" by Eugene Field