presage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v presage indicate by signs "These signs bode bad news"
    • n presage a sign of something about to happen "he looked for an omen before going into battle"
    • n presage a foreboding about what is about to happen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Presage Power to look the future, or the exercise of that power; foreknowledge; presentiment. "If there be aught of presage in the mind."
    • Presage Something which foreshows or portends a future event; a prognostic; an omen; an augury. "Joy and shout presage of victory."
    • Presage To foretell; to predict; to foreshow; to indicate. "My dreams presage some joyful news at hand."
    • v. i Presage To form or utter a prediction; -- sometimes used with of.
    • Presage To have a presentiment of; to feel beforehand; to foreknow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • presage To foreshow or foretoken; signify beforehand, as by an omen or prognostic; give warning of.
    • presage To have a presentiment or prophetic impression of; forebode.
    • presage To foretell; predict; calculate beforehand.
    • presage To point out.
    • presage =Syn. 3. Predict, Prophesy, etc. See foretell.
    • presage To have a presentiment of the future; have foreknowledge.
    • n presage Something which foreshows, portends, or gives warning of a future event; a prognostic; an omen.
    • n presage A foreboding; a presentiment; a feeling that something is to happen; a prophetic impression.
    • n presage Foreknowledge; prescience.
    • n presage Prophetic significance or import.
    • n presage Synonyms Sign, Augury, etc. See omen and foretell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Presage prēs′āj something that gives warning of a future event: a foreboding: a presentiment
    • v.t Presage to forebode: to warn of something to come: to predict
    • v.i Presage to have a presentiment of
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “O, let my books be then the eloquence and dumb presages of my speaking breast.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. présager, L. praesagire,: prae, before + sagire, to perceive acutely or sharply. See Sagacious

Usage

In literature:

It presages disaster, like too much fair weather in the typhoon season.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
But this presage of Love, more strong than the Fates, was false withal.
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
The omens and presages are all about us.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Apollo placed his brightness in her eyes, His skill presaging and his music sweet.
"Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles" by Thomas Lodge and Giles Fletcher
That White specks presage our felicity; Blue ones our misfortunes.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Now that strain was mounting into volcano stirrings presaging an eruption.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
The day was one of those warm, bright spring days which deceitfully presage an immediate summer.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878." by Various
This extraordinary vote was a sure presage of success in the execution of a scheme which Montague had concerted against the East India company.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Night came, thick and black, and to the more timid full of omens and presages.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
As the Abbot died eight days afterwards, the accident was looked upon as a presage of his coming death.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans" by Thomas Perkins
Dense black clouds veiled the moon, and a gust of wind moaned up the creek in presage of a tropical storm.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
Three of our guns were taken; and the cheering of the French infantry, as they advanced to the charge, presaged their hope of victory.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
The chill, damp wind sighing drearily across the forest presaged a northeaster.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Within himself he felt neither the conviction of power nor the presage of fame or happiness.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Montcalm rightly guessed, this presaged a night assault.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Instinctive presage of good luck to-day put him in rare spirits, as he made his customary call.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
Thus she left him without so much as a backward glance to presage future favour.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
It presaged a thawing out.
"Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
The vivid lightning and terrific peals of thunder seemed to the men the presage of deadly work to come.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
A mist hung over all the levels, presaging heat.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
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In poetry:

Unknightly, yes: yet 'twas the mien
Presaging the immortal scene,
Some battles of His wars
Who sealeth up the stars.
"Lincoln" by John Vance Cheney
Hope, thy presage cannot fail.
Bid my Mary cease to mourn;
Surely Mercy shall prevail,
And I to Love and Life return.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
Veil-like and beautiful
Gathered the dutiful
Mist in the night,
True to the messaging,
Dreamful and presaging
Vapour and light.
"Mist And Frost" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Yet all bards, whose hearts unblighted
Honor and believe the presage,
Hold aloft their torches lighted,
Gleaming through the realms benighted,
As they onward bear the message!
"Prometheus, Or, The Poet's Forethought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O strange fierce light of presage, unknown star,
Whose tongue shall tell us what thy secrets are,
What message trembles in thee from so far?
Cry wellaway. but well befall the right.
"A Year's Burden -- 1870" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
I long for rest, the quiet rest
Of home, and peace, and happiness,
That wedded hearts presage, 'tis mine
To know the emptiness of thine,
The jealousy of fickle heart
To which thy fears incline.
"The Love That Would Not Keep" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

At long last, Camus Cognac is launching its Extra Elegance blend to the United States in a marketing move that presages a number of new issues to come here in the near future.
It's worth revisiting, as it presaged the current state of the race.
Opening up forest "no-go areas" to coal and power projects presages a dismal future for India's environment.
Which is why the expectations presaging the opening of Thad Vogler's idealism -fueled Bar Agricole approached the mythic in tone.
Robert De Niro's scowl has entered the cultural shorthand that generally presages entry into the Smithsonian, where it can lie in state next to the Fonz's jacket, Archie Bunker's chair and Cher's hair.
Complaints may presage student loan crisis.
India's rupee woes presage period of stagflation.
Murdoch BSkyB Exit Could Presage A Renewed News Corp. Go To Businessweek.com.
China Inflation Cooling to 4.2% May Presage More Easing: Economy.
Hayes, 'Shaft' singer and disco presage , dies at 65.
News Roly-Poly Shape Presages Dementia in Study.
India's rupee woes presage period of stagflation .
A forgotten tough-chick cig campaign presaged a crop of GOP mama grizzlies.
The astronomical investment values for hot Internet companies could presage a dot-com bubble rife with unprecedented risks.
The year 2011 was eventful for oil markets, as reflected both in price trends and developments that may presage broader structural shifts over the coming years.
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In science:

May also pointed out that his “little convex bodies” were described as a partial operad on page 172 of [M3], but later was replaced by a strict operad by Steiner [Ste] in a way presaging Huang and Lepowsky’s rescaling.
Closed string field theory, strong homotopy Lie algebras and the operad actions of moduli space
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