C14: from Latin praesāgium presentiment, from praesāgīre to perceive beforehand, from sāgīre to perceive acutely
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Word forms: presages, presaging, presaged
If something presages a situation or event, it is considered to be a warning or sign of what is about to happen. [formal] [V n] ⇒ ...the dawn's loud chorus that seemed to presage a bright hot summer's day.
But in medicine it is used to describe the symptoms which presage the onset of an epileptic fit.Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEADThe farewell gesture, the offer to bring Livy and her to America, shook Isa as no other presage of war had so far done.Gaskin, Catherine THE AMBASSADOR'S WOMENIt was a divine presage , a coincidence worked out by Providence.Ribeiro, Joao Ubaldo AN INVINCIBLE MEMORY