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Definition of "presage" [pre•sage]

  • An indication or warning of a future occurrence; an omen. (noun)
  • A feeling or intuition of what is going to occur; a presentiment. (noun)
  • Prophetic significance or meaning. (noun)
  • Archaic A prediction. (noun)
  • To indicate or warn of in advance; portend. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "presage" in a sentence
  • "He is haughty and imperious: He is a proud man, and his pride is a certain presage of his fall coming on."
  • "Proud men are frequently most proud, and insolent, and haughty, just before their destruction, so that it is a certain presage that they are upon the brink of it."
  • "Note, Pride will have a fall; it is the certain presage and forerunner of it."