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Definition an indication of the approach of something — especially something bad
  • The warm summer is a harbinger of things to come.
harbinger = an indication of the approach of something
  • Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
    Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • harbingers = indications of the approach of something
  • And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • harbinger = an indication of the approach of something
  • I am afraid I am not altogether a harbinger of good; and yet, too, I am to a certain extent a messenger of peace.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • harbinger = an indication of the approach of something
  • And hung throughout the city were the dwarves' flameless lanterns, their multicolored sparks harbingers of the Beors' long dusk and night.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • harbingers = an indication of the approach of something
  • This plunged the island into a mild panic and many of the mothers feared that the man was the harbinger of the law.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It was one of those lovely harbingers of spring, given as a sign in dreary winter that earth is not forsaken of warmth and beauty.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Some carrion birds-harbingers, I think the locals call them-had come in through the broken glass doors in the dining hall and were finishing the feast.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The harbinger of bad news.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • And, like harbingers of the coming spring, one by one motorcars started to appear on the deserted roads.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • The whitening sky was the harbinger of day.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • Not a cloud was visible, and she secretly fancied the circumstance might be taken as a harbinger of peace and security.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • "She's heard an owl calling in the night; that's a harbinger of death.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • And then there came the harbingers from King Arthur for to harbour him, and his kings, dukes, earls, barons, and knights.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I
  • They swept toward her, harbingers of the storm that was to come.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • CHAPTER XXXIII IN THE SUN—A HARBINGER A week passed, and there were no tidings of Bathsheba; nor was there any explanation of her Gilpin's rig.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The sun rose, the morning of her nuptials, on a day so bright and cloudless, that Inez hailed it as a harbinger of future happiness.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The hour is still distant, but I feel already those harbingers, those outriders, figures of one's friends in absence.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • He is the child of all my foregoing hours, the prophet of those to come, and the harbinger[307] of a greater friend.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • They were the harbingers sent to survey the land.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart

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