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Precursor


PRECURS'OR, noun [Latin proecursor, supra.] A forerunner; a harbinger; he or that which precedes an event and indicates its approach; as Jove's lightnings, the precursors of thunder.

A cloud in the southwest, in winter, is often the precursor of a snow storm. A hazy atmosphere in the west, at sunset, is often the precursor of a cloudy or of a rainy day.

Evil thoughts are the invisible, airy precursors of all the storms and tempests of the soul.