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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Presage, n. Also: -aige, -aidge. [e.m.E. and ME presage (Gower), præsage (1691), F. présage (15–16th c. in Hatz.-Darm.), L. præsāgium.] A sign of some future happening; an omen or portent. — 1570 Sat. P. xvii 189.
His future age sum great presage Presentis vs in his ring
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxx 189.
No, pitie is a perfyt presage plane He will ȝour hous in honour ȝit vphald
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 136.
This day his father bled at the mouth and nose; ges quhat presage that is
1533 A. Home in Bell. Livy II 233/33.
The senat did think the samyn to be the luck and presage of sume thing to come
c1600-1633 Johnston MS Hist. in Crim. Trials I i 340.
The slauchter of … ane baroun of parliament, was as the first presaidge of their [MS this] futur tyrrannie
1622-6 Bisset II 177/1.

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