V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) a sign or indication of future events; (v) to foreshadow or announce something coming in the future
Synonyms: (n.) forerunner, precursor, indicator, herald, augury, portent, presage, (v.) portend, foreshadow, indicate, bode
Tips: Harbinger is a difficult word, as its etymology has no bearing on its current meaning. Try to think of a way of associating harbinger with predicting the future or signs of the future. Harbinger is a more sophisticated way of referring to a sign that predicts or indicates the future or events to come.
The turning of the leaves is a harbinger of winter. (indicator, precursor) noun
With advancing research and new treatment options, cancer is not necessarily a harbinger of death in every case. (portent, sign, herald) noun
Their arguments were harbingers of more serious trouble in their marriage. (indicators, forerunners) noun
November's short days and cold, crisp air are harbingers of winter approaching. (forerunners, indicators) noun
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