foretell

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v foretell indicate by signs "These signs bode bad news"
    • v foretell make a prediction about; tell in advance "Call the outcome of an election"
    • v foretell foreshadow or presage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Foretell To predict; to tell before occurence; to prophesy; to foreshow. "Deeds then undone my faithful tongue foretold .""Prodigies, foretelling the future eminence and luster of his character."
    • v. i Foretell To utter predictions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • foretell To tell beforehand, or in advance of the event; predict; prophesy.
    • foretell Synonyms To vaticinate; Foretell, Prophesy, Predict, Presage, Forebode, Prognosticate, may represent the act of a person correctly or incorrectly asserting what will happen. Foretell is the general word for telling beforehand, and generally correctly. Prophesy and predict are often used lightly for foretell, but in strictness they are more forcible words, prophesy, through its use in the Scripture, often implying supernatural help, and predict precision of calculation or knowledge. Presage implies superior wisdom or perception; to forebode is to anticipate or prophesy evil, especially indefinite evil. To prognosticate is to foretell by studying signs or symptoms: as, to prognosticate bad weather or the course of a disease. See omen.
    • foretell To utter prediction or prophecy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Foretell fōr-tel′ to tell before: to prophesy
    • v.i Foretell to utter prophecy
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Quotations

  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “Those who foretell the future lies, even if he tells the truth.”

Usage

In literature:

By a certain principle understood, the omen was regarded as foretelling good or evil.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
There have been cases where a half-crazed brain has been known, by chance or otherwise, to foretell the future.
"The Mermaid" by Lily Dougall
I hope that these troubles may soon be over, though that is a thing one cannot foretell.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
This, too, was thought to foretell a death, but whose death, depended on the direction of the bird's head whilst crowing.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
What a world of pleasure their harmony foretells!
"Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales" by Robert L. Taylor
The words foretell, distill, instill and fulfill retain the double ll of their primitives.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The doctor made a study of the weather day by day, and was able to foretell it to a certain extent.
"Hunter's Marjory" by Margaret Bruce Clarke
What may be the future place of these islands in the government of the world no human being can foretell.
"Historical and Political Essays" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
The devil provided him with a crystal, by which he could foretell events, and thus become rich.
"German Culture Past and Present" by Ernest Belfort Bax
From the Plain of Mars, and not connected with the other lines, it foretells success after difficulties.
"Palmistry for All" by Cheiro
Her success was decisive, and critics and public united in foretelling her great future.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
Thus in the bygone day Peleus' fate foretelling Chaunted from breasts divine prophetic verse the Parcae.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
He foretells the Fall, and arranges the scheme of man's redemption.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
The angry landlady rehearsed our sins like a prophet foretelling doom.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
What could the awful portent foretell?
"The Wreck of the Nancy Bell" by J. C. Hutcheson
What will befall me there I cannot foretell.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
The brave knight had nothing for it but to obey this order, though he well knew its meaning, and could foretell only too readily its result.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
Then, the notes of a bugle, rising clear above the hissing of the cascades, foretell a change in the spectacle.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
It was impossible to foretell what might happen.
"Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay" by G. Harvey Ralphson
I tell you, and foretell you, that young spark Is my old master's son.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
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In poetry:

Love, like a Gypsy, lately came,
And did me much importune
To see my hand, that by the same
He might foretell my fortune.
"Upon Cupid" by Robert Herrick
And oft the blessed time foretells
When all men shall be free;
And musical, as silver bells,
Their falling chains shall be.
"The Good Part That Shall Not Be Taken Away" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Round the dark horizon sweep
With thine eye—stern vigil keep;
Fresh storm-signals flash and quiver,
War and blood foretelling ever.
"The Voice of Blood" by Janet Hamilton
Let me when Nature calls to rest,
And blushing skies the morn foretell,
Sink on the down of Stella's breast,
And bid the waking world farewell.
"Summer" by Samuel Johnson
And, thou my match and marriage monger,
The marriage deed by thee was read;
The hands foretelling need and hunger
Were laid in blessing on my head.
"To My Misery" by Morris Rosenfeld
Who can foretell what years will bring
Or to what lands will drift the tide?
Still come what may, this meade will ring
And bells be heard at eventide.
"A Summer's Evening" by R S Ward

In news:

Jason Lytle Foretells the End.
Could a runaway celebrity cow replace the late Paul the "oracle" octopus as the next animal with the ability to foretell the fortunes of Germany's national soccer team.
The Football Prophecies foretell the outcomes of each week's slate of NFL games.
That philosopher was, of course, Chicken Little, foretelling of the End of Days, or at least the negative effects of global warming.
Regional elections foretell turmoil in Italy.
Recall Election Could Foretell November Vote.
Family history foretells early heart disease.
Perhaps foretelling the way the game would unfold was a goal scored by Kingston 's Cody Alcock just 32 seconds after the opening faceoff.
Beginnings do not always foretell the story.
Recent industry gatherings foretell good tidings for 2011.
Need to Know talks to author and satirist Gary Shteyngart, whose new dystopian, darkly humorous novel "Super Sad True Love Story" foretells the ruinous decline of literacy in America.
What the prophet failed to foretell was that change never just comes, change is made.
Growth in global population and personal wealth foretell secure times ahead, DuPont's John Chrosniak tells SCPA.
Suppose you could foretell how your customers, employees or suppliers would behave during the next year or two.
New varieties, better imports, resilient growers, creative marketing and consumers eating healthier all foretell good sales ahead.
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In science:

There was a time when enthusiastic foretellers were predicting that ob ject-oriented programming would create a component market; applications would then be built by connecting arbitrary components in the same way as one uses Lego blocks.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
The EPRB correlations are such that the result of the experiment on one side immediately foretells that on the other, whenever the analyzers happen to be parallel.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
This provides a way to foretell if a relatively high ionization rate should be expected or not.
How periodic orbit bifurcations drive multiphoton ionization
In these systems, predictability concerns whether we can foretell the route of escape of a trajectory when there are a number of options for that. A measure of this predictability of the typical, i.e., arbitrarily initialized trajectory in the observational window is the uncertainty exponent.
Stochastic perturbations in open chaotic systems: random versus noisy maps
But what about a physical interpretation? Well, as we have discussed in Sec. 4, the field Ω is closely related to the order parameter capable of detecting the localization associated with random solidification and, thus, the growing correlations of Ω should foretell incipient random localization, and they do.
Random solids and random solidification: What can be learned by exploring systems obeying permanent random constraints?
Prediction: Use of a CFD model to foretell the state of a physical system under conditions for which the CFD model has not been validated.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
These are just the type of omens that foretell the arrival of a ma jor paradigm shift to take us beyond Einstein’s space-time continuum.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
Loveday (1997) at b for faint galaxies in the Stromlo-APM survey may foretell an upturn in the IR field luminosity function as well.
The Infrared Luminosity Function of Galaxies in the Coma Cluster
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