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 (prĕm′ə-nĭsh′ən, prē′mə-)
1. A presentiment of the future; a foreboding.
2. A warning in advance; a forewarning.

[Late Latin praemonitiō, praemonitiōn-, from Latin praemonitus, past participle of praemonēre, to forewarn : prae-, pre- + monēre, to warn; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·mon′i·to′ri·ly (-mŏn′ĭ-tôr′ə-lē) adv.
pre·mon′i·to′ry adj.


(prɪˈmɒn ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

giving premonition; serving to warn beforehand: premonitory signs.
[1640–50; < Late Latin praemonitōrius. See pre-, monitory]
pre•mon`i•to′ri•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.premonitory - warning of future misfortune
prophetic, prophetical - foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention; "prophetic writings"; "prophetic powers"; "words that proved prophetic"


[prɪˈmɒnɪtərɪ] ADJ (frm) → premonitorio




[prɪˈmɒnɪtərɪ] adj (frm) → premonitore/trice
References in classic literature ?
And so I never did feel so happy as I did when my ninth downed its man and I detected the wavering in the crowd which is premonitory of panic.
I forget which was the first distemper I plunged into - some fearful, devastating scourge, I know - and, before I had glanced half down the list of "premonitory symptoms," it was borne in upon me that I had fairly got it.
They pulled on in silence till Tess, without any premonitory symptoms, burst out crying.
It wanted five minutes to twelve, when the premonitory symptoms of the working of the laudanum first showed themselves to me.
By some fishermen his approach is regarded as premonitory of the advance of the great sperm whale.
At all hours of the day and night, I would be taken with the premonitory shudder; above all, if I slept, or even dozed for a moment in my chair, it was always as Hyde that I awakened.
I was undressing in my own room, when, with a premonitory tap at the door, he entered, and at once began to speak.
Aunt Eleanor showed premonitory signs of pronouncing an opinion.
I neither knew nor cared: yet a wretched premonitory fascination held me breathless till I was told!.
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In retrospect, it was a premonitory work of the disaster that was to come, portraying how an entire population can get carried away under the influence of evil.
Perhaps the most striking moment, sending a kind of premonitory shudder through the Democrats and offering a clear preview of the 2020 contest, was Trump's warning against socialism.