• WordNet 3.6
    • n foretelling the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
    • n foretelling a statement made about the future
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  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “Those who foretell the future lies, even if he tells the truth.”


In literature:

It did not demand much wit to foretell that sooner or later we should be asked to offer ourselves for service abroad.
"The Fifth Leicestershire" by J.D. Hills
Yet one part of his foretelling was correct: many disappointments.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
This was what was called being "forspar" or "framsynn," "foretelling" and "foresighted ".
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Oftentimes as he sits on the side lines he can foretell an accident coming to a player.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
BEASTS, other than those mentioned, foretell misfortune.
"Tea-Cup Reading, and the Art of Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves" by 'A Highland Seer'
The prophecies, which foretell the time, foretell Him only as master of the nations and suffering, and not as in the clouds nor as judge.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
It was of course impossible to foretell the general feeling among the members of the council in regard to the demands of the Turquoise people.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Through how many seasons this harvest will be prolonged no one can foretell.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
No one can foretell Connie.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
Its sway was to be over "all the earth," said Daniel the prophet, foretelling its history.
"Our Day" by W. A. Spicer

In poetry:

Perhaps that tear upon thy cheek
Foretels a milder doom!
Thou wilt again our mansion seek,
Oh! let me lead thee home!"
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
All hail to thee, Old Glory!
Of thee our heart's desire
Foretells a golden story,
For thou hast come through fire.
"From Glory Unto Glory" by Henry Van Dyke
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
The mornings clear, the evenings cool
Foretell no wintry wars;
The day of dying leaves is full,
The night of glowing stars.
"Songs of the Autumn Days" by George MacDonald
Birds have no consciousness of doom:
Yon thrush that serenades me daily
From scented snow of hawthorn bloom
Would not trill out his glee so gaily,
Could he foretell his songful breath
Would sadly soon be stilled in death.
"Dark Truth" by Robert W Service
The slender snail clings to the leaf,
Gray on its silvered underside:
And slowly, slowlier than the snail, with brief
Bright steps, whose ripening touch foretells the sheaf,
Her warm hands berry-dyed,
Comes down the tanned Noontide.
"Summer Noontide" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The Football Prophecies foretell the outcomes of each week's slate of NFL games.
Outside, this Dodge foretells a dystopian future replete with alien frogs and winged skulls rendered in remarkable, no doubt acid-induced detail.
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.
'Monster sunspot' may foretell powerful solar flares, says NASA.
Silent tremors may foretell next Big One.
Brain Scans Foretell Memory Problems.
Great balls of fire foretell Obamaclypse.
Hutch's Hit List — Fiery foreteller not bothered by a little heat.
Hazy Recall as a Signal Foretelling Depression.
Family history foretells early heart disease.
NEW YORK (AP) — In theater superstition, a bad dress rehearsal is supposed to foretell a good opening night.
Perhaps foretelling the way the game would unfold was a goal scored by Kingston 's Cody Alcock just 32 seconds after the opening faceoff.
New varieties, better imports, resilient growers, creative marketing and consumers eating healthier all foretell good sales ahead.

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?