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Definition to be a sign of future events
  • The author is known for creative use of foreshadowing.
foreshadowing = using events as signs of future events
  • Coaches worry that his behavior problems in college may foreshadow trouble in the NFL.
  • foreshadow = be a sign of
  • A significant decrease in the stock market often foreshadows an economic recession.
  • foreshadows = is a sign of (something that will happen in the future)
  • She thinks the special elections foreshadow a big victory for her party in November.
  • foreshadow = are a sign of
  • "Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • foreshadow = be signs of (future events)
  • It was only after a decade of national wars, civil wars, revolutions, and counter-revolutions in all parts of the world that Ingsoc and its rivals emerged as fully worked-out political theories. But they had been foreshadowed by the various systems, generally called totalitarian, which had appeared earlier...
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • foreshadowed = indicated (hinted at or made predictable)
  • There was just something about him, some sad foreshadowing that was almost fatalistic.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • In this foreshadowing interval too, all humor, forced or natural, vanished.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • More than any other he had caught a foreshadowing.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • This civil start meets my approbation And foreshadows some accommodation.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Rachel fiercely putting in overtime, foreshadowing a marital track record distinguished for quantity if not quality.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The gunslinger rocked back on his heels, a hunkered, thinking posture that foreshadowed the man.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • This visit, indeed, had been foreshadowed.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • 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
  • If my life were a movie, this scene of me and Dylan would get slammed by critics for over-the-top foreshadowing.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • I braced for whatever his mood might foreshadow — he was a good fighter, but he was never a match for me.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • I hoped my chocolate-free diet didn't foreshadow what would happen if I tried to avoid Patch.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • 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
  • I argued that this slightest of victories foreshadowed a total victory.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • 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

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