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- 2 Latin
- 3 Norwegian Bokmål
- 4 Norwegian Nynorsk
- 5 Old Portuguese
omen (plural omens)
- Something which portends or is perceived to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; an augury or foreboding.
- the ghost's appearance was an ill omen
- a rise in imports might be an omen of recovery
- the egg has, during the span of history, represented mystery, magic, medicine, food and omen
- 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.
- prophetic significance
- a sign of ill omen
- Adjectives often applied to "omen": good, ill, bad, auspicious, evil, favorable, happy, lucky.
- portent, sign, signal, token, forewarning, warning, danger sign, foreshadowing, prediction, forecast, prophecy, harbinger, augury, auspice, presage, straw in the wind, (hand)writing on the wall, indication, hint, foretoken; see also Wikisaurus:omen
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- prognosticate, betoken, forecast, foretell, portend, foreshadow, bode, augur, prefigure, predict, auspicate, presage
- omen in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- omen in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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”)).. Or, related to audio.
- an omen
Third declension neuter.
- ^ Watkins, Calvert, ed., The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed., Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000.
- ^ The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., Clarendon Press, 1989.
- an omen
- “omen” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- an omen
- “omen” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
- alternative form of