I came across the word "presage" through the Vocabulary Builder as below
presage (v.) presij
to indicate something (usually bad) is about to happen.
The sudden loss of jobs presaged an economic downturn.
The Latin word ōmen is thought to be the origin for presage. Presage can also be a noun, describing an incident or event that presages something.
And I am familiar with the word "sage" as an adjective. Merriam-Webster Unabridged says,
a: eminent in wisdom: wise through reflection and experience: prudent and philosophic in judgment and views
the wise reasoning of a certain sage magistrate — George Berkeley
b [archaic]: grave, solemn
among the sage and somber figures that would put his unsophisticated cheerfulness to shame — Nathaniel Hawthorne
2: proceeding from or characterized by wisdom, prudence, and good judgment
providing sage guidance to non-ponderous writing — Saturday Review
I know "pre" is the suffix originally from Latin meaning "before".
Does anyone how come adding "pre" adds the meaning of something bad to the word "presage" etymologically?
Other examples are "pretext" and "preclude" also taken from The Vocabulary Builder by Magoosh.
Pretext (n.) A reason given for something that is not the actual reason
Preclude (v.) to make it impossible for something to happen
Presentiment (n.) A feeling that something (typically bad) is about to happen
Thank you for answer anyhow. But are you sure pre and per are the same? (It says, "extended").
So if "beyond" extends, it means, too much. Wouldn't too much mean too less?