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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HARBINGER

He looked like a harbinger of tempest, a shipmate of the Flying Dutchman.

I once beheld it as the harbinger of happiness, as the temple of integrity and innocence.

John was the harbinger not alone of the kingdom but of the King; and to him the King in person came.

Thus, therefore, did this harbinger of evil news resume the situation.

The hour of triumph is often but the harbinger of defeat and shame.

Harbinger expressed the opinion that the editor ought to be kicked.

Besides, did she not know all that Harbinger could give her?

Falling in with Harbinger, he asked him to come back to lunch.

Why, if he's a harbinger of woe—ain't that what they call 'em?

A calm to her was like a summer day in winter-time, the harbinger of coming storm.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., herbengar "one sent ahead to arrange lodgings" (for a monarch, an army, etc.), alteration of Middle English herberger "provider of shelter, innkeeper" (late 12c.), from Old French herbergeor, from herbergier "provide lodging," from herber "lodging, shelter," from Frankish *heriberga "lodging, inn" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German heriberga "army shelter," from heri "army" + berga "shelter"); see harbor. Sense of "forerunner" is mid-16c. Intrusive -n- is 15c. (see messenger). As a verb, from 1640s (harbinge "to lodge" is late 15c.).

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.