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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
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then, in that contracted hole, sunk, too, beneath the ship's water-line, Jonah feels the heralding presentiment of that stifling hour, when the whale shall hold him in the smallest of his bowel's wards.
He seemed to be working in obedience to some particular presentiment.
I mused: I had a presentiment in the bottom of my heart that he had better have remained away.
I have a presentiment that if no other innocent atonement is made for this, it will one day be required of him.
I tell you I have a presentiment that it must be a girl,' returned Miss Betsey.
Hubble shook her head, and contemplating me with a mournful presentiment that I should come to no good, asked, "Why is it that the young are never grateful?
His legs were weary, but his mind was at ease, free from the presentiment of change.
The fever of his body aided the impatience and agony of his mind, and his death-bed exhibited a mixture of the newly awakened feelings of horror, combating with the fixed and inveterate obstinacy of his disposition; a fearful state of mind, only to be equalled in those tremendous regions, where there are complaints without hope, remorse without repentance, a dreadful sense of present agony, and a presentiment that it cannot cease or be diminished!
A presentiment of evil tidings came upon him like a darkening of the sky.
I have a horrible presentiment that something of the kind may happen to me.
I have a presentiment that Ali Cogia will return, and what will he think of you?
Subjection of Nature's forces to man, machinery, application of chemistry to industry and agriculture, steam-navigation, railways, electric telegraphs, clearing of whole continents for cultivation, canalisation of rivers, whole populations conjured out of the ground -- what earlier century had even a presentiment that such productive forces slumbered in the lap of social labour?