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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj premonitory warning of future misfortune
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Premonitory Giving previous warning or notice; as, premonitory symptoms of disease.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • premonitory Giving premonition; serving to warn or notify beforehand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Premonitory giving warning or notice beforehand
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praemonitorius,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pre-, before, monish, a corr. form through O. Fr., from L. mon─ôre, to warn.


In literature:

He could hear the cadence of them now, beating through his head in premonitory measures.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
A chill of premonitory fear seized upon her.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This was virtually the view of Pitt and Grenville; for there were no premonitory symptoms of infection, but much the reverse.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
He had not long to indulge these premonitory reflections ere a door was opened.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The sensation was premonitory.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I could not tell how much all this signified; but my heart began to give a premonitory beat sometimes.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
The clock gave out its warning that it meant to strike, in deadly earnest with its long premonitory roll.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
It may be, much premonitory of evil.
"The Words of Jesus" by John R. Macduff
Again there was no premonitory click, no seep of steel upon scabbard.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
From overhead had come a premonitory clang!
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The birds, to whom the secret of the hooting cuckoo is unknown, must have set down to instinct this premonitory bustle.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was thought at the time to be a stumble; it was in all likelihood a premonitory stroke of palsy.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The terrible news fell upon London like the premonitory echo of an approaching storm.
"The Angel of the Revolution" by George Griffith
But Randal did not thank his good genius for giving him a premonitory tumble; and I never yet knew a man who did!
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
And then, with no premonitory warning, Carden became the victim of a curious physical illusion.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
Behind the horizon line there is a premonitory whispering among the hurricanes.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
A premonitory moistening at the same time overflowed his nether lip.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
Premonitory touch of fever.
"In the Whirl of the Rising" by Bertram Mitford
Mr. Podgers honestly intended his note to be a sort of premonitory reprimand.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
Mrs. Raynor positively jumped as the premonitory knock trembled on the door before Johnston the butler opened it and entered.
"The Riddle of the Night" by Thomas W. Hanshew

In poetry:

Who hath not seen a little cloud
Up from the clear horizon steal,
And, mounting lurid, mutter loud
Premonitory thunder-peal?
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Entreat you for such hearts as break
With the premonitory ache
Of bodies, whose feet, hands, and side,
Must soon be torn, pierced, crucified.
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols
Ah me! too soon the autumn comes
Among these purple-plaintive hills!
Too soon among the forest gums
Premonitory flame she spills,
Bleak, melancholy flame that kills.
"Autumn Sorrow" by Madison Julius Cawein
Ah me! too soon the Autumn comes
Among these purple-plaintive hills!
Too soon among the forest gums
Premonitory flame she spills,
Bleak, melancholy flame that kills.
"Undertone" by Madison Julius Cawein