omen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin omen (foreboding, omen).

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Noun[edit]

omen (plural omens)

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  1. Something which portends or is perceived to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; an augury or foreboding.
    • 1856, Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter X, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
      Day broke. He saw three black hens asleep in a tree. He shuddered, horrified at this omen. Then he promised the Holy Virgin three chasubles for the church, and that he would go barefooted from the cemetery at Bertaux to the chapel of Vassonville.
  2. prophetic significance
    a sign of ill omen

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  • Adjectives often applied to "omen": good, ill, bad, auspicious, evil, favorable, happy, lucky.

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Verb[edit]

omen (third-person singular simple present omens, present participle omening, simple past and past participle omened)

  1. To be an omen of.
  2. To divine or predict from omens.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Latin *osmen, of uncertain ultimate origin. Possibly related to Ancient Greek οἴμαι (oímai, I think, believe, suppose), which is from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ew- (to see, perceive)).[1]. Or, related to audio.[2]

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Noun[edit]

ōmen n (genitive ōminis); third declension

  1. an omen

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative ōmen ōmina
genitive ōminis ōminum
dative ōminī ōminibus
accusative ōmen ōmina
ablative ōmine ōminibus
vocative ōmen ōmina

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Watkins, Calvert, ed., The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed., Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000.
  2. ^ The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., Clarendon Press, 1989.

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Noun[edit]

omen m

  1. Alternative form of ome.