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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: presage 'something that shows the future' (14-21 centuries), from Latin praesagium, from praesagire, from sagire 'to understand clearly'

presage

verb
     
pres‧age [transitive]
formal to be a sign that something is going to happen, especially something bad:
The large number of moderate earthquakes that have occurred recently could presage a larger quake soon.
presage noun [countable]
a presage of doom

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