absit omen

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


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæb.sɪt ˈoʊ.mn̩/


absit omen

  1. (rare) May what is said not come true. [First attested in the late 16th century.][1]
    • 1908, Edward Harper Parker, Ancient China Simplified, Chapman & Hall, chapter XXII
      It was only after the younger branch annexed the elder in 679 that Tsin became powerful and began to expand; and it was only when a policy of "home rule" and disintegration set in, involving the splitting up of Tsin's orthodox power into three royal states of doubtful orthodoxy, that China fell a prey to Ts'in ambition. Absit omen to us.

Usage notes[edit]

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


  1. ^ “absit omen” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 9.