prem·o·ni·tion (prĕm′ə-nĭshən, prē′mə-)
1. A presentiment of the future; a foreboding: I had a premonition that our risky endeavor would end badly.
2. A warning in advance; a forewarning: That skirmish was a premonition of battles to come.
[Late Latin praemonitiō, praemonitiōn-, from Latin praemonitus, past participle of praemonēre, to forewarn : prae-, pre- + monēre, to warn; see men-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pre·mon′i·tori·ly (-mŏn′ĭ-tôrə-lē) adv.
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