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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.
Summary: Competition between coffee houses in Israel has prompted one innovative chain to keep customers coming back - by foretelling their future.
Alice Hoffman wrote about Amazon warriors in The Foretelling, a YA novel published in 2005, which I reviewed and highly praised.
Although Owens won the battle, the comments by the Court clearly had an ominous foretelling of continued persecution of people objecting to same-sex sexual relations.
The early Christian community interpreted the Old Testament prophets as foretelling the coming of Christ, and that idea dominated in Christianity for about 1,800 years.