forerunner

[ fawr-ruhn-er, fohr-, fawr-ruhn-er, fohr- ]SEE DEFINITION OF forerunner
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The ancient prototype and forerunner of political influence.

Beowulf is the forerunner of that other national dragon-slayer, St. George.

Startled, the people wondered was this enactment the forerunner of war.

It is looked upon as the forerunner of other and larger ones.

The inn yard was to some extent the forerunner of the theatre.

This machine, though simple, was the forerunner of other important inventions.

That experience was but a forerunner to others just like it.

He was not the forerunner of a new epoch, but one of the last upholders of the old.

"And may he be the forerunner of many more," proclaimed Spouter.

Anarchy is simply the hand-maiden and forerunner of tyranny and despotism.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from fore + runner. Middle English rendition of Latin praecursor, in reference to John the Baptist as the forerunner of Christ. The Old English word was foreboda.

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