Meaning of premonitory

premonitory




Use the adjective premonitory to describe something that predicts something bad will happen, like a premonitory sneezing fit that comes before you come down with an awful cold.

The adjective premonitory is related to the Latin word praemonere, from prae, meaning “before,” and monere, meaning “warn.” The dark premonitory clouds that roll in before a storm can ruin your day at the beach, or the premonitory feeling that a new friend isn’t trustworthy are warnings to pack up and get out before something disastrous happens.

Definitions of premonitory
  1. adjective

    warning of future misfortune

    synonyms:

    precursory

    prophetic, prophetical

    foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention

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