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Definition serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
  • Does the warm summer presage a climate change catastrophe?
presage = serve as a sign of coming
  • We see none of the pessimism that typically presages a recession.
  • presages = serves as a sign of coming
  • My dreams presage some joyful news at hand.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • presage = are a sign of
  • Now, it must be admitted that there is no symptom or presage of the approach of such a revolution.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The air was cold and still, presaging a storm.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Garrett knew the dark, heavy clouds on the horizon presaged a coming storm.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • You know that I held Epicurus strong, And his opinion: now I change my mind, And partly credit things that do presage.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage, And even the story ran that he could gauge.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • She told Inspector Thomas Mathew how in the last few weeks she had noticed some presaging signs, some insolence, some rudeness.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • It signified a crisis nearer than even her fears had presaged, and infinitely worse.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Her nerves presaged strain.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • The women of the oasis met them with gloomy faces presaging bad news, and they were reluctant to tell it.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • Laws that Presage Tyranny
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Melancholy in a capitalist, like the appearance of a comet, presages some misfortune to the world.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In time I forgot the circumstance, though there was much talk of it as a presage of the Messiah.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • To the east, a faint yellow glow tinted a section of the horizon, presaging the return of the sun.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • And his opposite, the youth, bears in his visage no great presage of cruelty.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • He knew young vampires only too well; did this emotion presage some misstep on my part?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The yellow and vapoury sunset which had wrapped up Eustacia from his parting gaze had presaged change.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The smoke in the corridor had presaged heat; the heat was here now, pressing against him like an oppressive wall.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass

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