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pre·sen·ti·ment

 (prĭ-zĕn′tə-mənt)
n.
A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition.

[Obsolete French, from presentir, to feel beforehand, from Latin praesentīre : prae-, pre- + sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·sen′ti·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.

presentiment

(prɪˈzɛntɪmənt)
n
a sense of something about to happen; premonition
[C18: from obsolete French, from pressentir to sense beforehand; see pre-, sentiment]

pre•sen•ti•ment

(prɪˈzɛn tə mənt)

n.
a feeling that something is about to happen, esp. something evil; foreboding.
[1705–15; < French, now obsolete spelling of pressentiment. See pre-, sentiment]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.presentiment - a feeling of evil to come; "a steadily escalating sense of foreboding"; "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case"
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread - fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
shadow - a premonition of something adverse; "a shadow over his happiness"
presage - a foreboding about what is about to happen

presentiment

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presentiment

[prɪˈzentɪmənt] Npresentimiento m
to have a presentiment about sthtener un presentimiento acerca de algo
to have a presentiment thattener el presentimiento de que ..., presentir que ...

presentiment

n(Vor)ahnung f, → Vorgefühl nt; to have a presentiment of somethingeine Vorahnung von etw haben; to have a presentiment that …das Gefühl haben, dass …

presentiment

[prɪˈzɛntɪmənt] npresentimento
References in classic literature ?
I believe in every foolish presentiment that comes into my head.
You have told me yourself, madame, that I have been drawn into a snare; I, perhaps, may leave my life in it--for, although it may be strange, I have for some time had a presentiment that I should shortly die.
We've gone and lost your father's flat, Diana, and I have a presentiment that we'll not be allowed to row on the pond any more.
We saw but one presentiment of the man-a quiet, patient, industrious and most gentlemanly person.
The events of the previous evening had made me nervous and ill; I had tried to cure myself and attain to clear thinking by walking in the open air, but I was oppressed with a horrible presentiment of evil--a presentiment which I could not formulate.
He seemed to be working in obedience to some particular presentiment.
Trent was seldom sentimental, but from the first he had had an uneasy presentiment concerning this man who lay now within his power and so near to death.
Micawber evidently had his presentiment on the subject too, but he put it in his tin pot and swallowed it.
Fix, left alone, was more impatient than ever, having a presentiment that the robber was on board the Mongolia.
Her presentiment at the time had not deceived her- that that state of freedom and readiness for any enjoyment would not return again.
Last night, however, he had not left the chateau, his mind being disturbed by a presentiment that some new crime would be attempted.
All night long the presentiment has pursued me--Frank and Richard Wardour will meet.