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The word "foreshadow" can be used literally or can reference a literary technique used to enhance plot structure. Foreshadowing often warns of negative events.
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  • The author is known for creative use of foreshadowing.
  • Coaches worry that his behavior problems in college may foreshadow trouble in the NFL.
  • A significant decrease in the stock market often foreshadows an economic recession.
  • She thinks the special elections foreshadow a big victory for her party in November.

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  • Or maybe foreshadowing?
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Now, after the passing of time in this bloody century, whenever there has occurred any of those unimaginable deeds of violence that have plundered our souls, my memory has turned back to Nathan—the poor lunatic whom I loved, high on drugs and with a smoking barrel in some nameless room or phone booth—and his image has always seemed to foreshadow these wretched unending years of madness, illusion, error, dream and strife.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I hoped my chocolate-free diet didn’t foreshadow what would happen if I tried to avoid Patch.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • It was only a snapshot but for a sense of foreshadowing, of transience and doom, no master of Dutch genre painting could have set up the composition more skillfully.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Rachel fiercely putting in overtime, foreshadowing a marital track record distinguished for quantity if not quality.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • But they had been foreshadowed by the various systems, generally called totalitarian, which had appeared earlier in the century, and the main outlines of the world which would emerge from the prevailing chaos had long been obvious.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • It was written long before the foreshadow of 1939 had yet become a threat of inevitable disaster, and from that point the story would have developed along essentially the same lines, if that disaster had been averted.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • His way of talking to Mr. Norton had been a foreshadowing of my misfortune-just as I had sensed that it would be.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Of unjust treatment in detention and hardship, and in cruel separation from his wife and child, he foreshadowed the likelihood, or the certainty; but, beyond this, he dreaded nothing distinctly.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • In this foreshadowing interval too, all humor, forced or natural, vanished.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Counsel for the defence rose and said: "Your honor, in our remarks at the opening of this trial, we foreshadowed our purpose to prove that our client did this fearful deed while under the influence of a blind and irresponsible delirium produced by drink.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • As she applied herself to set the tea-things, Joe peeped down at me over his leg, as if he were mentally casting me and himself up, and calculating what kind of pair we practically should make, under the grievous circumstances foreshadowed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • ’The Death Wish song ’Judgment Day’ includes a frightening foreshadowing of an event that became all too real in Sterling, New Hampshire, yesterday morning,’ Curry said.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • I braced for whatever his mood might foreshadow — he was a good fighter, but he was never a match for me.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • "Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • I knew it wasn’t easy for him to restrain his feelings, considering the challenge this event foreshadowed to the ancient treaty between the Cullens and the Quileutes—the treaty that prohibited the Cullens from ever creating another vampire.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Ironically, it foreshadowed just the sort of thing he himself would be faced with later on: too many children and not enough money.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • In that simple heart waged a fierce conflict; the crushing sense of wrong, the foreshadowing, of a whole life of future misery, the wreck of all past hopes, mournfully tossing in the soul’s sight, like dead corpses of wife, and child, and friend, rising from the dark wave, and surging in the face of the half-drowned mariner!
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • For there were really two dreams, the first like a dim, blurred, infernal foreshadowing of the second.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • In the first performance (I through IV) the last is of course foreshadowed if not determined, Olympian decisions are taken, we are introduced on the scene to the situation that is to be remedied, the conflict to be decided, and we are prepared to meet the famous man who has it all to cope with.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • One has all the best of the past, the other foreshadows a better future; and the men who wrote them are the only men who have written of the subject with that perfect frankness and perfect knowledge and perfect poise whose other name is genius.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • It was foreshadowed in Babette.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • And now, indeed, I began to think that in my old association of her with the stained-glass window in the church, a prophetic foreshadowing of what she would be to me, in the calamity that was to happen in the fullness of time, had found a way into my mind.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It was a battle on the tiny atoll of Tarawa in the Central Pacific that would foreshadow the fate of Mike, Harlon, Franklin, Ira, Rene, Doc, and all the Marines fighting America’s War.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • As all partings foreshadow the great final one, so, empty rooms, bereft of a familiar presence, mournfully whisper what your room and what mine must one day be.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I argued that this slightest of victories foreshadowed a total victory.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • Wordlessly, we share this presence or foreshadowing with the camera as we stare at the screen in close-up.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • The decline in the Senate’s power, moreover, had been foreshadowed by a rapid decline in prestige even before economic issues had replaced the sectional and Constitutional conflict.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Maule’s well, all this time, though left in solitude, was throwing up a succession of kaleidoscopic pictures, in which a gifted eye might have seen foreshadowed the coming fortunes of Hepzibah and Clifford, and the descendant of the legendary wizard, and the village maiden, over whom he had thrown love’s web of sorcery.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • It was a proud moment in Mr Squeers’s life, when he witnessed that burst of enthusiasm in his young child’s mind, and saw in it a foreshadowing of his future eminence.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • At last, one afternoon, she arrived very late, with her face so desperately pale and her eyes so desperately red, that Raoul resolved to go to all lengths, including that which he foreshadowed when he blurted out that he would not go on the North Pole expedition unless she first told him the secret of the man’s voice.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Launched into the higher society of St. Ogg’s, with a striking person, which had the advantage of being quite unfamiliar to the majority of beholders, and with such moderate assistance of costume as you have seen foreshadowed in Lucy’s anxious colloquy with aunt Pullet, Maggie was certainly at a new starting-point in life.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It mattered not whether she were angel or demon; he was irrevocably within her sphere, and must obey the law that whirled him onward, in ever-lessening circles, towards a result which he did not attempt to foreshadow; and yet, strange to say, there came across him a sudden doubt whether this intense interest on his part were not delusory; whether it were really of so deep and positive a nature as to justify him in now thrusting himself into an incalculable position; whether it were notů
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • But while they were talking another combination was silently going forward in Mr. Farebrother’s mind, which foreshadowed what was soon to be loudly spoken of in Middlemarch as a necessary "putting of two and two together."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • There was just something about him, some sad foreshadowing that was almost fatalistic.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Strangely his foreshadowing of change did not hold a thought of the killing of Tull.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • More than any other he had caught a foreshadowing.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • This visit, indeed, had been foreshadowed.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • This civil start meets my approbation And foreshadows some accommodation.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Now and then a curious foreshadowing of later American usage is encountered.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The gunslinger rocked back on his heels, a hunkered, thinking posture that foreshadowed the man.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • No, certainly; I pity him in proportion to his struggles, for they foreshadow the inward suffering which is the worst form of Nemesis.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • For decades Plauen has been on the margins of history, far removed from the centers of power; nevertheless, events there have oddly foreshadowed the rise and fall of great social movements.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • These stories were all related (and the fact was buried in their inceptions) by the strongest ties—identities, kinships, relationships, or affinities already known or remembered or foreshadowed.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • In the lull consequent on the departure—in that first vacuity which ensues on every separation, foreshadowing the great separation that is always overhanging all mankind—Arthur stood at his desk, looking dreamily out at a gleam of sun.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Ever since our engagement to marry and the tragic murder at the site of the grand house, Harry Corbin’s insanity, events so strange and peculiar as to foreshadow a life so different than a young girl dreams-I should have known!
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
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