1 a feeling of evil to come; "a steadily escalating sense of foreboding"; "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case" [syn: foreboding, presentiment, boding]
2 an early warning about a future event [syn: forewarning]
- A clairvoyant or clairaudient experience, such as a dream, which resonates with some event in the future.
- A strong intuition that something is about to happen.
A clairvoyant or clairaudient experience, such as a dream, which resonates with some event in the future
A strong intuition that something is about to happen
Premonition refers to a situation when future events are foreknown or forecast. They are attributed by some people to the presence of supernatural or paranormal abilities.(see Cassandra myth). However, the distinction between precognition and ordinary evidence-based predictions is sometimes not made sharply. "Premonition" may be defined to include or exclude ordinary predictions, and this means a fallacy of linguistic ambiguity can lead to an overly supernatural explanation for the accuracy of predictions.
- Abraham Lincoln's prophetic dream of his death and funeral, which he related to both his bodyguard and his wife mere hours before his assassination.
- Otto von Bismarck predicted the beginning of the First World War, by saying (shortly before he died in 1898) to Mr. Ballen: "If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans" . Note that this is a good example of a premonition that could easily be due to a good intuitive understanding of politics, rather than being precognitive.
- The novelist Mark Twain predicted that Halley's Comet would be seen on the day of his death, just as it was when he was born. Twain died weeks before Halley's 1910 appearance on May 18th.
- The French apothecary and seer Nostradamus is also believed to have predicted his own death and the date in which his tomb would be opened.
- Julius Caesar's wife Calpurnia had a dream the night before he died that he would get stabbed by a friend, and she warned him not to go.
- The Mayans also supposedly predicted their own death, and rumors say that when the Mayan calendar ends, 2012, then the world will end.
In popular culture
- In the Final Destination series, the protagonist of each film has a deadly premonition of an unfortunate accident. Throughout the films, these premonitions continue in a more subtle manner, similar to fate hinting at them.
- In the WB television series Charmed, one of the main characters, Phoebe Halliwell, has the power of premonition.
- In the television series Supernatural, Sam Winchester has the power to see the future.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku, Bardock, the parent of the main character Son Goku, is given the power of premonition. He has a premonition and sees his own death and the death of his home planet.
- In That's So Raven the protagonist (Raven Baxter) has a premonition in every episode.
- In Alias (TV Series) the fictional 14th century prophet Milo Rambaldi is credited with predicting the start of events ranging from the start of World War II to the exact day that certain people will die.
- In ABC Studios's Lost (TV Series) the character Desmond Hume sees the death of Charlie Pace before it happens as well as other events, resulting from a near death experience while in the Swan.
- In the 2007 movie Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock and Julian McMahon, the protagonist has premonitions, including her husband's death.
- In the novel series Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, one of the main characters, Alice Cullen, has the ability to see decision-based futures.
Notes and references
premonition in French: Prémonition
premonition in Portuguese: Premonição
premonition in Russian: Предчувствие
premonition in Turkish: Premonisyon
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