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fore·tell

 (fôr-tĕl′)
tr.v. fore·told (-tōld′), fore·tell·ing, fore·tells
To tell of or indicate beforehand; predict.

fore·tell′er n.
Synonyms: foretell, augur, divine, prophesy
These verbs mean to tell about something beforehand by or as if by supernatural means: foretelling the future; augured a scandal; divined the enemy's victory; prophesying a stock-market boom. See Also Synonyms at predict.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foretelling - a statement made about the future
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
extropy - the prediction that human intelligence and technology will enable life to expand in an orderly way throughout the entire universe
fortunetelling - the practice of predicting people's futures (usually for payment)
horoscope - a prediction of someone's future based on the relative positions of the planets
meteorology, weather forecasting - predicting what the weather will be
forecast, prognosis - a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop
divination, prophecy - a prediction uttered under divine inspiration
2.foretelling - the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural meansforetelling - the art or gift of prophecy (or the pretense of prophecy) by supernatural means
prophecy, vaticination, prognostication - knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)
arithmancy - divination by means of numbers
dowse, dowsing, rhabdomancy - searching for underground water or minerals by using a dowsing rod
geomancy - divination by means of signs connected with the earth (as points taken at random or the arrangement of particles thrown down at random or from the configuration of a region and its relation to another)
hydromancy - divination by water (as by patterns seen in the ebb and flow of the tides)
lithomancy - divination by means of stones or stone talismans
necromancy - conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
oneiromancy - divination through the interpretation of dreams
onomancy - divination by the letters of a name
chirology, chiromancy, palm reading, palmistry - telling fortunes by lines on the palm of the hand
pyromancy - divination by fire or flames
References in classic literature ?
I do not pretend to Emma's genius for foretelling and guessing.
her message to her lover with its splendid triumphant note of faith foretelling their reunion at the last -- in fine, the story of their love with the grave between them -- is due to the genius of Po Chu-i.
Indeed," said Maximilian, "I have often been almost tempted to attribute to him the gift of prophecy; at all events, he has a wonderful power of foretelling any future good.
So absolute is our soul's need of something hidden and uncertain for the maintenance of that doubt and hope and effort which are the breath of its life, that if the whole future were laid bare to us beyond to-day, the interest of all mankind would be bent on the hours that lie between; we should pant after the uncertainties of our one morning and our one afternoon; we should rush fiercely to the Exchange for our last possibility of speculation, of success, of disappointment: we should have a glut of political prophets foretelling a crisis or a no-crisis within the only twenty-four hours left open to prophecy.
Tell me, Monsieur Mills, have you found amongst them in some black-letter volume the power of foretelling a poor mortal's destiny, the power to look into the future?
A blight had fallen on the trees and shrubs; and the wind, at length beginning to break the unnatural stillness that had prevailed all day, sighed heavily from time to time, as though foretelling in grief the ravages of the coming storm.
The list of plays thus presented commonly included: The Fall of Lucifer; the Creation of the World and the Fall of Adam; Noah and the Flood; Abraham and Isaac and the promise of Christ's coming; a Procession of the Prophets, also foretelling Christ; the main events of the Gospel story, with some additions from Christian tradition; and the Day of Judgment.