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foretoken

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n foretoken an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come "he hoped it was an augury","it was a sign from God"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Foretoken Prognostic; previous omen.
    • v. t Foretoken To foreshow; to presignify; to prognosticate. "Whilst strange prodigious signs foretoken blood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foretoken A prognostic; a premonitory sign.
    • foretoken To be-token beforehand; prognosticate; foreshadow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Foretoken fōr′tō-kn a token or sign beforehand
    • v.t Foretoken to signify beforehand
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. foretācnian,; fore + tācnian,

Usage

In literature:

Were every doom foretokened by appropriate omens, the ravens along our route would have croaked themselves hoarse.
"Andersonville, complete" by John McElroy
Were every doom foretokened by appropriate omens, the ravens along our route would have croaked themselves hoarse.
"Andersonville, Volume 1" by John McElroy
There is something in the very name that foretokens a prosperous career.
"The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850" by Albert Smyth
As a certain foretoken of war it could not be sustained.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
His guilty dreams have long foretokened it.
"Twelve Causes of Dishonesty" by Henry Ward Beecher
Verily the chosen prophets by many signs and foretokens were in their lives illustrious.
"The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church" by Ælfric
And a star is said to have foretokened the birth of the Roman Julius Caesar.
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by Kersey Graves
The night was dark and starless, with that oppressive stillness that foretokened a storm.
"The Closed Book" by William Le Queux
He did not want to admit it, yet he feared it foretokened an attack of the pestilence.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
Besides there are some foretokens of this age of joyful toil.
"The Bible and Life" by Edwin Holt Hughes
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In poetry:

"Ah!" the wise old lips reply,
"Youth may pass and strength may die;
But of Love I can't foretoken:
Ask some older sage than I!"
"Toujours Amour" by Edmund Clarence Stedman