n. forerunner; one who precedes an event and indicates its approach
Though Gray shared many traits with the Romantic poets who followed them, most critics consider him precursor of the Romantic Movement, not true Romantics.
Sentence in Classic:
Again I saw that grim face look over the cliff, and I knew that it was the precursor of another stone.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The storm increased, the flashes succeeded one another more rapidly, the thunder began to growl, and the wind, the precursor of a hurricane, whistled in the plumes and the hair of the horsemen.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context
Raising a shout of triumph, he sprang toward the defenseless Cora, sending his keen axe as the dreadful precursor of his approach.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context