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Is harbinger meant to have a negative connotation ?

Or does it get displaced in some sentences , so to speak -

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It is letting you know something is approaching. It is not necessarily bad; although most of what I see it used as is letting you know something bad is on its way -- like an omen or foreshadowing.

(Dictionary.com)
noun:
1. a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald.
2. anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign: Frost is a harbinger of winter.
3. a person sent in advance of troops, a royal train, etc., to provide or secure lodgings and other accommodations.

verb (used with object):
1. to act as harbinger to; herald the coming of.

Synonyms:
herald, forerunner, precursor, portent, indication.

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