C18: from obsolete French, from pressentir to sense beforehand; see pre-, sentiment
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Word forms: presentiments
countable noun [usu N that]
A presentiment is a feeling that a particular event, for example someone's death, will soon take place. [formal] ⇒ I had a presentiment that he represented a danger to me. [+ of] ⇒ He had a presentiment of disaster.
Gregory had a presentiment that something irreparable had happened in his life.Adair, Tom (Intro) THREE KINDS OF KISSING - SCOTTISH SHORT STORIESEver since we had come to live in the city, I had felt a presentiment of danger.Adair, Tom (Intro) THREE KINDS OF KISSING - SCOTTISH SHORT STORIESThen, as she felt the package again, a terrible presentiment stuck her.Garth Nix LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYRIn the end, Gabriel had accepted that and left, trying to ignore the presentiment of danger resonating, clarionlike, in his mind.Stephanie Laurens WHOLE SECRET LOVE