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The League of Nations was a forerunner of the United Nations.
  something (or someone) preceding and influencing another development


something that indicates what will later happen
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  • The League of Nations was a forerunner of the United Nations.
  • Nietzsche was a forerunner of postmodernism.
  • The market crash was a forerunner of the Great Depression.
  • For if the Germans could commit this obscene assault on score upon score of defenseless and unsuspecting teachers, it was the forerunner of God only knew what horrors awaiting Poland in the coming years.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • The muttation, the forerunner, the father.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "This then is a forerunner of a fate which must be ours," wrote Pringle in his diary.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It’s the forerunner to outright hallucination.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • O, this same thought did but forerun my need; And this same needy man must sell it me.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • A finger forerunning his eyes along the page.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • These were the forerunner of the modern sprinkler systems.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • The four strangers seek for you, madam, to take their leave; and there is a forerunner come from a fifth, the Prince of Morocco, who brings word the Prince his master will be here to-night.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Seen in advance of all the other indications, the puffs of vapour they spouted, seemed their forerunning couriers and detached flying outriders.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • An hour of this passed, when the vibrations of feet in contact with the ground foreran the one who approached.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Mama Tataba’s job, we were surprised to learn, was to live with us and earn a small stipend by doing the same work she’d done for our forerunner in the Kilanga Mission, Brother Fowles.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • It seemed like the forerunner of something absolutely serious, which she did not wish.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Discontent foreran the Two Mutinies, and more or less it lurkingly survived them.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • At first, he was pleased with the discovery: hoping that it might be the forerunner of his release; but such thoughts were quickly dispelled, on his sitting down to breakfast along with the Jew, who told him, in a tone and manner which increased his alarm, that he was to be taken to the residence of Bill Sikes that night.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • No, no, doubtless he was deceived, and it was but one of those dreams that forerun death!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • His work was the forerunner of what was to be philosophy’s most important project in the coming generations.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Outside the Gilgamesh cycle two Sumerian poems have survived (as usual incomplete), which are concerned with one Enmerkar, a forerunner of Gilgamesh on the throne of Uruk; in the Sumerian King-List he is placed second after the flood.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • As when the open ocean rises in a leaden smooth ground swell, forerunner of high winds; a rocking swell, directionless, that neither rolls nor breaks until the blow comes on from Zeus: just so the old man pondered, with divided mind, whether to turn toward the Danaan mass or find and join Lord Marshal Agamemnon.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The long reaches that were like one and the same reach, monotonous bends that were exactly alike, slipped past the steamer with their multitude of secular trees looking patiently after this grimy fragment of another world, the forerunner of change, of conquest, of trade, of massacres, of blessings.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • "It will be the forerunner also of other interesting events: your sister’s marriage, and your taking orders."
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Also Con Safos, a ca/6-tinged street-oriented magazine (and a forerunner of later magazines such as Lowrider, Q-Vo, and Firme); Regeneracion, the rebirth of a publication founded during the Mexican Revolution by the Flores-Magon brothers; and ChismeArte, a literary and art publication.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Arabella lay facing the window, and did not at once turn her head: and Sue was wicked enough, despite her penitence, to wish for a moment that Jude could behold her forerunner now, with the daylight full upon her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He was a famous orthodox Christian historian whose text The Prescription Against Heretics was a forerunner of the Nicene Creed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • But perhaps my aunt, my forerunner, caught in a slow life, let dreams grow and fade and after some months or years went toward what persisted.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • There is horror of grayness, of the death-forerunning pinch, of scandalous mouth or of fear-eyes, and of whatever is caused by no recollection of happiness and no expectation of it either.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Chapter x. Showing the truth of many observations of Ovid, and of other more grave writers, who have proved beyond contradiction, that wine is often the forerunner of incontinency.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • As soon as Rivenoak perceived the girl, she was recognised, and calling to two or three of the younger warriors, the chief sent them out to reconnoitre, lest her appearance should be the forerunner of another attack.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • He stood back on the brick sidewalk regarding me with that grave suspicion that sooner or later crept into the faces of all mortals who-knew us for any length of time, the forerunner of death, as pallor might be to a fatal fever; and I tried to explain to him they had not been here, mother or daughter, and we must begin some search.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • This taunt brought such an expression into the face of Nicholas, that Arthur Gride plainly apprehended it to be the forerunner of his putting his threat of throwing him into the street in immediate execution; for he thrust his head out of the window, and holding tight on with both hands, raised a pretty brisk alarm.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The forerunning qualm of seasickness was as nothing to this.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • That first vision might only too likely be the forerunner of a second; it was almost certain to be so.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • A forerunner; originally an officer who rode in advance of a royal person to secure proper lodgings and accommodations.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He found the night dark, and the heavens charged with threatening vapour, which in that climate was the infallible forerunner of a gust.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • It was a "self-service" store, a primitive forerunner of the supermarket, the first expression of an idea whose time had not yet come.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • A scattering of raindrops hit the deck of the White Dragon, a forerunner of the storms that loomed on the horizon—the very horizon toward which they were sailing.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • But the appearance of June, bearing a white flag, and accompanied by the French officer and Muir, stayed the hands of all, and was the forerunner of another parley.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • He visited a Price Club store, the forerunner of Costco, on a trip to California and came back and told my papaw, "Here’s something Sam Walton will never do!"
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • The drag in his breathing which was always a forerunner of a coughing-spell warned him now; he put on coat and shoes and went outside, where his cough attacked him, had its sway, and left him.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The mysticism of the late Middle Ages, however, had demonstrated its liberating tendency by acting as a forerunner of the Reformation—the Reformation, hee hee, which for its part had been a tangled snarl of freedom and medieval reaction.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It was a warm evening for the time of year, and even in those gray streets of South London there was the languor of February; nature is restless then after the long winter months, grow ing things awake from their sleep, and there is a rustle in the earth, a forerunner of spring, as it resumes its eternal activities.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • …suffering of body, and separated them from others of their kind as absolutely as if they had not been born like them—and notwithstanding he had been notified on the way to look for a Nazarite whose simple description of himself was a Voice from the Wilderness—still Ben-Hur’s dream of the King who was to be so great and do so much had colored all his thought of him, so that he never doubted to find in the forerunner some sign or token of the goodliness and royalty he was announcing.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Thy benignity not only succors him who asks, but oftentimes freely foreruns the asking.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Against ill chances men are ever merry; But heaviness foreruns the good event.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Death approaches; and the shadow which foreruns him has thrown a softening influence over my spirit.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • Thither, winged with speed, A numerous brigade hastened: as when bands Of pioneers, with spade and pickaxe armed, Forerun the royal camp, to trench a field, Or cast a rampart.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • We have made inquiry of you; and we hear Such goodness of your justice that our soul Cannot but yield you forth to public thanks, Forerunning more requital.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • I feel in every limb the presage Forerunning the grand Walpurgis-Night: Day after to-morrow brings its message, And one keeps watch then with delight.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
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