foreshadowing

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fore·shad·ow

 (fôr-shăd′ō)
tr.v. fore·shad·owed, fore·shad·ow·ing, fore·shad·ows
To present an indication or a suggestion of beforehand; presage: hostilities that foreshadowed all-out war.

fore·shad′ow·er n.
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Noun1.foreshadowing - the act of providing vague advance indicationsforeshadowing - the act of providing vague advance indications; representing beforehand
prediction, anticipation, prevision - the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)
Adj.1.foreshadowing - indistinctly propheticforeshadowing - indistinctly prophetic    
prophetic, prophetical - foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention; "prophetic writings"; "prophetic powers"; "words that proved prophetic"