Posted by: helpforyourenglish | March 12, 2011

Words in the news – foreboding

Foreboding

This word has been in the news a lot recently. It is often used with the word ‘sense’ like this: “a sense of foreboding”. What does it mean?

Foreboding is a feeling that something really bad, something really terrible is going to happen soon. (noun)

Real examples: Now read the recent news articles below.

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Foreboding and euphoria mix in rebel-held Libya

One day after rebels repulsed the first major offensive by forces loyal to Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi in the liberated east, the fighters’ euphoria over their victory mixed on Thursday with a sense of foreboding: Where would the regime launch its next attack?

Vocab help: euphoria is a feeling of great happiness, great excitement or well being. (noun)

www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/03/03/1897014/foreboding-and-euphoria-mix-in.html

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Sudan’s sense of foreboding
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Sudan’s National Day was celebrated under the shadow of a looming north-south partition.
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In exactly one week, Sudan will hold a crucial referendum that could possibly split the country into two. But on Saturday, the country marked 55 years since independence. A sense of apprehension in the run-up to the vote has been felt during the National Day celebrations, as Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Khartoum.
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Vocab help: Apprehension = worry (noun)
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http://english.aljazeera.net/video/africa/2011/01/201112144516756509.html

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If you are still not sure about the meaning of foreboding, look up the word in your own dictionary (or use a translator) and read the news articles again (or look for more news articles that include ‘foreboding‘).

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Responses

  1. I really like your idea of featuring such words, and the authentic examples! Associating words with current events surely makes them stick in your memory.

  2. As usual very useful tip, it can be translated as presentiment, prediction, further info visit a useful dictionary http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/foreboding+


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