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the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case
  a premonition (a supernatural feeling about what is to come) — especially of something evil or bad
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  • the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case
  • I believe in every foolish presentiment that comes into my head.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
  • I have a presentiment that it must be a girl.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • He seemed to be working in obedience to some particular presentiment.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick LXVIII-CXXXIV

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  • I still held it with the presentiment that a need for it would come.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Beyond the City
  • But my soul is always my own; every minute of the day and the night it is filled with unspeakable presentiments.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • And when he turned again to face her she knew immediately that her presentiment was an accurate one, and that her cause was in its deepest peril yet.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Fix, left alone, was more impatient than ever, having a presentiment that the robber was on board the Mongolia.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Tomorrow perhaps, even certainly, I have a presentiment that for the first time I shall have to show all I can do.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • How was it that a presentiment did not warn Mercedes that her lover was within three hundred yards of her?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • I mused: I had a presentiment in the bottom of my heart that he had better have remained away.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Finding my seat at last, I was overcome with a presentiment of worse things to come.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I have a presentiment that if no other innocent atonement is made for this, it will one day be required of him.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I felt a strange presentiment from the very first, that that audacious young savage would come to be hung!’
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I had a presentiment that it would be needed.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Mrs. Hubble shook her head, and contemplating me with a mournful presentiment that I should come to no good, asked, "Why is it that the young are never grateful?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • However, my tenderest feelings are about to receive a shock: such is my presentiment; stay now, to see whether it will be realised.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • His legs were weary, but his mind was at ease, free from the presentiment of change.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • ’Ah, well, you see,’ returned Jack, ’Ernest and I had a sort of a kind of presentiment that this was going to be the old sow.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • For, as it was impossible to assign a reason for such distrust and abhorrence, so Mr. Dimmesdale, conscious that the poison of one morbid spot was infecting his heart’s entire substance, attributed all his presentiments to no other cause.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The young man often recalled this impression afterwards, and even ascribed it to presentiment.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Thy words inspire a dread presentiment.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Outward portents and inward presentiments were his.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Should we have the same presentiments if our existences did not touch at the heart?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Wathier’s column alone had suffered in the disaster; Delort’s column, which Ney had deflected to the left, as though he had a presentiment of an ambush, had arrived whole.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I have a presentiment that it must be a girl.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But on the day that was to fulfil my wishes and my destiny, she was melancholy, and a presentiment of evil pervaded her; and perhaps also she thought of the dreadful secret which I had promised to reveal to her on the following day.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Her presentiment that all would again go on in the old way had not deceived her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • She stood on the landing, turning over and over in her hand this curt and mysterious epistle, her mind a blank, her nerves strained with agitation and a presentiment she could not very well have explained.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • OEDIPUS ’tis a dread presentiment That in the end the seer will prove not blind.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Rodolphe with Madame Bovary was talking dreams, presentiments, magnetism.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Hepzibah’s presentiment had not deceived her.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Was it a vague presentiment of the three hundred and seventy livres, sixteen sous, eight farthings, which the future King Charles VII. was to cut off from the provostship in the following year?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • To presentiments?
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • I have a horrible presentiment that something of the kind may happen to me.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • … I had a presentiment that you would end in something like this.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • She thought, somehow, it was a mysterious and presentimental bell.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He noticed that she was tremulous, and he had a presentiment of the subject she was going to speak about.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She had felt an early presentiment that she should like the eldest best.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Her doubts were still unresolved on Christmas Eve, when she was shaken by the presentiment that he was in the crowd at Midnight Mass, looking at her, and this uneasiness flooded her heart.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • "I have a presentiment," he declared emphatically.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • At last, I received the proof that my presentiments had not deceived me, and I was rewarded for all my efforts on the day when I acquired the certainty that the Opera ghost was more than a mere shade.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • He began telling her, however, that he would certainly find it, and she said that she would not hear of his getting up at dawn: it was lost: she knew that: she had had a presentiment when she put it on that afternoon.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • The fact is, I felt irresistibly impressed with a presentiment of some vast good fortune impending.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • A thousand alarming presentiments of evil to her beloved Catherine from this terrific separation must oppress her heart with sadness, and drown her in tears for the last day or two of their being together; and advice of the most important and applicable nature must of course flow from her wise lips in their parting conference in her closet.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Since the day he had first met Salander he had had a strong presentiment that her life was on a trajectory towards catastrophe.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • I was afraid again, but I had lived with fear a long time now and some vague presentiment that it would always be present.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Even Caesar’s fortune at one time was, but a grand presentiment.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • She went to the galleries and palaces; she looked at the pictures and statues that had hitherto been great names to her, and exchanged for a knowledge which was sometimes a limitation a presentiment which proved usually to have been a blank.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • If under the presentiment of the most magnificent of all victories to be crowned by his own glorious death, a sort of priestly motive led him to dress his person in the jewelled vouchers of his own shining deeds; if thus to have adorned himself for the altar and the sacrifice were indeed vainglory, then affectation and fustian is each more heroic line in the great epics and dramas, since in such lines the poet but embodies in verse those exaltations of sentiment that a nature like…
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
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