omen

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See also: Omen, òmen, and ōmen

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ōmen (foreboding, omen).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈəʊmən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈoʊmən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊmən

Noun[edit]

omen (plural omens)

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  1. Something which portends or is perceived to portend either a good or evil event or circumstance in the future, or which causes a foreboding; a portent or augury.
    the ghost's appearance was an ill omen
    a rise in imports might be an omen of economic recovery
    the egg has, during the span of history, represented mystery, magic, medicine, food and omen
    • 1856, Gustave Flaubert, chapter 10, in Madame Bovary, Part 3:
      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. A thing of prophetic significance.
    a sign of ill omen

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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. (transitive) To be an omen of.
  2. (intransitive) To divine or predict from omens.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Latin osmen, of uncertain ultimate origin. Ancient authors derived it from ōs (mouth). Recently it was by some referred to Proto-Indo-European *h₂ew- (to see, perceive) (whence audiō)[1] or to the source of Ancient Greek Ancient Greek οἴομαι (oíomai, I think, believe, suppose)[2].

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Noun[edit]

ōmen n (genitive ōminis); third declension

  1. an omen
    Synonym: ōrāculum

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun (neuter, imparisyllabic non-i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ōmen ōmina
Genitive ōminis ōminum
Dative ōminī ōminibus
Accusative ōmen ōmina
Ablative ōmine ōminibus
Vocative ōmen ōmina

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  • Dutch: omen
  • English: omen
  • German: Omen
  • Norwegian:
    • Norwegian Bokmål: omen
    • Norwegian Nynorsk: omen

References[edit]

  • omen in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • omen in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • omen in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • omen in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to wish prosperity to an undertaking: aliquid optimis ominibus prosequi (vid. sect. VI. 11., note Prosequi...)
    • and may heaven avert the omen! heaven preserve us from this: quod di immortales omen avertant! (Phil. 44. 11)
    • to accept as a happy omen: omen accipere (opp. improbare)
    • to interpret something as an omen: accipere, vertere aliquid in omen
    • with favourable omens: faustis ominibus
    • an evil omen; presage of ill: omen infaustum, triste
  • omen in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  1. ^ “omen” in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, →ISBN.
  2. ^ Watkins, Calvert (1985) The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin omen

Noun[edit]

omen n (definite singular omenet, indefinite plural omen or omener or omina, definite plural omena or omenene or ominaene)

  1. an omen

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin omen.

Noun[edit]

omen n (definite singular omenet, indefinite plural omen, definite plural omena)

  1. an omen

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Noun[edit]

omen m

  1. definite singular of om

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Old Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

omen m

  1. Alternative form of ome