• WordNet 3.6
    • v forebode make a prediction about; tell in advance "Call the outcome of an election"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Forebode Prognostication; presage.
    • Forebode To be prescient of (some ill or misfortune); to have an inward conviction of, as of a calamity which is about to happen; to augur despondingly. "His heart forebodes a mystery.""Sullen, desponding, and foreboding nothing but wars and desolation, as the certain consequence of Cæsar's death.""I have a sort of foreboding about him."
    • Forebode To foretell. "Her danger nigh that sudden change foresaid ."
    • v. i Forebode To foretell; to presage; to augur. "If I forebode aright."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forebode To bode or announce beforehand; prognosticate; presage, especially something unfortunate or undesirable: as, the public temper forebodes war; the clouds forebode rain.
    • forebode To foresee; be prescient of; feel a secret premonition of, especially of something evil.
    • forebode Synonyms Predict, Presage, etc. (see foretell); to augur, portend, betoken, foreshadow, be ominous of.
    • forebode To prophesy; presage.
    • n forebode Presage; prognostication.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Forebode fōr-bōd′ to feel a secret sense of something future, esp. of evil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. forebodian,; fore, + bodian, to announce. See Bode (v. t.)


In literature:

But the wind is not so loud, surely the water is not so rough: my forebodings may be wrong and all may yet be saved.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
My heart was heavy with foreboding.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Hadria came in, one morning, from her work, tired and full of foreboding.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
It was dark foreboding of the winter campaign that filled the thoughts of the doughboy on duty or lying in the hospital in Archangel that day.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
In the magnetism of the bright presence of the young soldier, all the sad forebodings seemed to vanish into thin air.
"Plantation Sketches" by Margaret Devereux
Every moment of delay awakened new forebodings.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
However, an end to these dismal forebodings of mine, Mr Frobisher!
"A Chinese Command" by Harry Collingwood
She, the mother, most interested of all, has a too true foreboding of it.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Such negligence would scarcely be overlooked at head-quarters; and I had ill forebodings about the result.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
We are filled with painful forebodings, as we look across the arid waste that stretches indefinitely before us.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Then dark, sad, and foreboding
The future must appear,
The soul must shrink in terror
When death's hour draweth near.
"The Future" by Jared Barhite
“I came because your horse would come,
And, if I well forebode,
My hat and wig will soon be here,
They are upon the road.”
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
Till then thou wilt forebode and dread;
Loss will be still thy fear—
Till he be gone, and, in his stead,
His very self appear.
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Wide, high, glorious the view
Gazing round upon life,
While from mount unto mount
Hovers the spirit eterne,
Life eternal foreboding.
"To Father Kronos" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The same foreboding awe I felt
When at the altar's side we knelt,
And he, who as a pilgrim came,
Rose, winged and glorious, through the flame.
"The Wife Of Manoah To Her Husband" by John Greenleaf Whittier
It was my guide, my light, my all,
It bade my dark forebodings cease;
And through the storm and dangers' thrall
It led me to the port of peace.
"The Star Of Bethlehem" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm is a pint-sized powerhouse and she flails about in the dark, foreboding and apocalyptic video for 'Heavy Prey.
At a Paper Set to Close, Defiance and Foreboding .
A Perennial Runner-Up Pair With a Sense of Foreboding .
Broadway's big hit of the season features full makeup on the main character, outrageous costumes, a tuneful pop score, and a large foreboding presence overseeing the whole thing — and no, we're not talking about Taboo.
Broadcast took the long way around to its songs, via abstract, foreboding, wordless pieces, when it played its CMJ Music Marathon showcase at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday night.
Seemingly just moments after Tiger Woods missed his eighth cut as a professional at the Wells Fargo Championship last week, there was a foreboding sense that he'll face more struggles at TPC Sawgrass .
Seemingly just moments after Tiger Woods missed his eighth cut as a professional at the Wells Fargo Championship last week, there was a foreboding sense that he'll face more struggles at TPC Sawgrass.
Along a dark stretch of western Wichita, past vacant buildings and dollar and liquor stores, is a restaurant that appears so foreboding that one might never think to enter.
There was a foreboding sense early last season that Nick Faust might not live up to the hype.
When Microsoft became the most valuable company ever in 1999, it was a foreboding omen.
Reinventing Mary and Joseph 's love is a foreboding task that he works through without the benefit of a catchy chorus to fall back on.
Along with all the good things that summer promises there lies in wait a deep, dark foreboding.
They tolerated my foreboding gloominess and helped me far more than their jobs required.
That's the foreboding feeling in the Portland gallery scene as the reverberations of another major gallery closing touched art businesses around town last week.
Foreboding telephone calls from the Presbytery about a struggling church on the verge of closing prompted the Rev .

In science:

This new interpretation of general relativity, connecting its vacuum energy with that of quantum field theories, was foreboded by Sakharov [Sak] who claimed that gravity is not a fundamental quantum field but an induced quantum effect caused by an interaction of quantum vacuum fluctuations with space-time curvature.
A new track for unifying general relativity with quantum field theories
In turn, this further evokes forebodings of scepticism and fear, reminding her of Pauli’s (in)famous remark that “this theory is so bad, it’s not even wrong”.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity