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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.
While admitting he "clearly missed the mounting warning signs over the past year" foretelling the challenges from TNT operations, the analyst says his long-term view remains focused on the U.S.
The death of the dog named Brian in "Family Guy" was assumed to be a way of foretelling Walker's fate, whose character in one the popular film franchise was also Brian.
Despite violent and disturbing images, John's writings gave Jesus' followers hope, ultimately foretelling the destruction of early Christianity's greatest enemy--the Roman empire.