absit omen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin absit omen (may what is said not come true, literally may omen be absent)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæb.sɪt ˈoʊ.mn̩/

Interjection[edit]

absit omen

  1. (rare) May what is said not come true. [First attested in the late 16th century.][1]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used as a mild invocation. Absit omen is several orders of magnitude rarer than omen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 9