1) N-VAR Foreboding is a strong feeling that something terrible is going to happen.

His triumph was overshadowed by an uneasy sense of foreboding.

2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as foreboding, you mean that it makes you feel that something terrible is going to happen.

Prisons like Strangeways, built more than 100 years ago, were intended to look grim and foreboding places.

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