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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒmɪnəs/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑmɪnəs/
- Hyphenation: o‧mi‧nous
- Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant.
- 1911, James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, volume 9, page 324:
- In Cornouaille, Brittany, it is popularly believed that the weather of the last six days of December and the first six of January prognosticates the weather of the twelve months; but in other parts of Brittany it is the first twelve days of January that are supposed to be ominous of the weather for the year.
- Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen
- California poll support for Jerry Brown's tax increases has ominous implications for U.S. taxpayers too Los Angeles Times Headline April 25, 2011
- 2012 April 29, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Treehouse of Horror III” (season 4, episode 5; originally aired 10/29/1992)”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- The idea of a merchant selling both totems of pure evil and frozen yogurt (he calls it frogurt!) is amusing in itself, as is the idea that frogurt could be cursed, but it’s really the Shopkeeper’s quicksilver shift from ominous doomsaying to chipper salesmanship that sells the sequence.
- Formerly used both in a favorable and unfavorable sense; now chiefly in the latter; foreboding or foreshadowing evil; inauspicious; as, an ominous dread.
- ominous sign
- ominous silence
- ominous warning
- ominous cloud
- ominous note
- ominous sound
- ominous shadow
- ominous threat
- ominous music
- ominous tone
- ominous implication
- ominous message
- ominous presence
- ominous development
- ominous voice
- ominous portent
- ominous turn
- ominous sky
- ominous figure
- ominous dream
- ominous event
- ominous trend
- ominous change
- ominous day
- ominous beginning
- ominous growl
- ominous cry
- ominous signal
- ominous pattern
of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen
giving indication of a coming ill
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Translations to be checked
- “ominous”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “ominous”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.