Definition of Ominous

1. Adjective. Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments. "The situation became ugly"

Exact synonyms: Baleful, Forbidding, Menacing, Minacious, Minatory, Sinister, Threatening
Similar to: Alarming
Derivative terms: Balefulness, Omen



2. Adjective. Presaging ill fortune. "A by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government"
Exact synonyms: Ill, Inauspicious
Similar to: Unpropitious
Derivative terms: Inauspiciousness, Omen

Definition of Ominous

1. a. Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant; portentous; -- formerly used both in a favorable and unfavorable sense; now chiefly in the latter; foreboding or foreshowing evil; inauspicious; as, an ominous dread.

Definition of Ominous

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant. ¹

2. Adjective. Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen; threatening; portentous; inauspicious. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ominous

1. portending evil [adj]

Medical Definition of Ominous

1. Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant; portentous; formerly used both in a favorable and unfavorable sense; now chiefly in the latter; foreboding or foreshowing evil; inauspicious; as, an ominous dread. "He had a good ominous name to have made a peace." (Bacon) "In the heathen worship of God, a sacrifice without a heart was accounted ominous." (South) Om"inously, Om"inousness. Origin: L. Ominosus, fr. Omen. See Omen. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ominous

omicron
omicrons
omics
omigod
omigosh
omikron
omikrons
omikuji
omiletical
ominate
ominated
ominates
ominating
omination
ominelite
ominous (current term)
ominously
ominousness
ominousnesses
omissible
omission
omissions
omissive
omit
omits
omittable
omittance
omittances
omitted
omitter

Literary usage of Ominous

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1. The Church History of Britain, from the Birth of Jesus Christ Until the Year by Thomas Fuller, James Nichols (1842)
"ominous Burning of Abbeys, often by Lightning. Bells no effectual Charm against Lightning. We will conclude with their observation, as an ominous presage of ..."

2. Roman History: The Early Empire, from the Assassination of Julius Cæsar to by William Wolfe Capes (1876)
"AMONG all these evidences of material well-being there were ominous signs to catch the ... The The ominous ,,, , ,.„ . queen of cities had clothed herself ..."

3. Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Illustrating the Arms, Arts, and Literature by James Dennistoun (1851)
"ominous EVENTS. the exigencies of the government; and at supper ordered the reading of Italian and Spanish books of edification to be continued as usual. ..."

4. The Confessions of an English Opium-eater by Thomas De Quincey (1913)
"A poet of rather ominous name, etc.—Thomas Fiat- man (c. 1635-1688), a poet and artist of some repute ..."

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