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Bode (verb active)

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To Bode. v.a. [boꝺıan, Sax.] To portend; to be the omen of. It is used in a sense of either good or bad.

This bodes some strange eruption to our state. Hamlet.

By this design, you have opposed their false policy, with true and great wisdom; what they boded would be a mischief to us, you are providing, shall be one of our principal strengths. Sprat's Sermons.

It happen'd once, a boding prodigy!
A swarm of bees that cut the liquid sky,
Upon the topmost branch in clouds alight.
Dryden's Æneid.

If firy red his glowing globe descends,
High winds and furious tempests he portends:
But if his cheeks are swoln with livid blue,
He bodes wet weather by his watry hue.
Dryden's Georg.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Sprat, Thomas (20)

Attributes: Saxon (215) · Verb Active (289)

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