forerunner, precursor
n. a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
forerunner, antecedent
n. anything that precedes something similar in time; "phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience"
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pacesetter, pacemaker, pacer
n. a horse used to set the pace in racing
image, epitome, paradigm, prototype
n. a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"
prognostic, prodigy, prognostication, presage, portent, omen
n. a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle"
n. a substance from which another substance is formed (especially by a metabolic reaction)
boding, presentiment, premonition, foreboding
n. a feeling of evil to come; "a steadily escalating sense of foreboding"; "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case"
root, antecedent, ascendent, ascendant, ancestor
n. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
commanding officer, commander, commandant
n. an officer in command of a military unit
potentate, dictator
n. a ruler who is unconstrained by law
forbear, forebear
n. a person from whom you are descended
primogenitor, progenitor
n. an ancestor in the direct line
n. directs the work of others
groundbreaker, trailblazer, innovator, pioneer
n. someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art
n. one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
n. a Boy Scout or Girl Scout
taste-maker, trend-setter, fashion arbiter
n. someone who popularizes a new fashion
Usher, Ussher, James Usher, James Ussher
n. Irish prelate who deduced from the Bible that Creation occurred in the year 4004 BC (1581-1656)
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