harbinger

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

a sign that something is going to happen soon

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A ‘harbinger’ is something that shows or indicates what is likely to happen in the future. It can be used both in a negative and positive context, though it is perhaps most frequently used in the former sense, with the phrase ‘harbinger of doom’ being quite common.

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Antonyms obscure,oblivious,trivial

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  1. The recent job cuts are not a harbinger of doom. They are simply part of an ongoing process to streamline the business.

  2. The arrival of flowers such as daffodils has for centuries been seen as a harbinger of spring.

  3. Many see that company’s closure as a harbinger of things to come in an industry badly hit by the economic crisis.

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