Origin of omenClassical Latin from Old Latin osmen
- The definition of an omen is something that is believed to predict the future.
An example of what some believe to be an omen is seeing roadkill.
- To omen is defined as to predict or foreshadow the future.
An example of to omen is for a psychic to give a future reading.
- A phenomenon supposed to portend good or evil; a prophetic sign.
- Prognostication; portent: birds of ill omen.
transitive verbo·mened, o·men·ing, o·mens
Origin of omenLatin ōmen
- Adjectives often applied to "omen": good, ill, bad, auspicious, evil, favorable, happy, lucky.
(third-person singular simple present omens, present participle omening, simple past and past participle omened)
From Latin omen (“foreboding, omen").
- It's a bad omen of things to come.
- Inviolate, from "health, well-being," or from "good-omen," "augury."
- During his confinement by Tiberius a like omen had been interpreted as portending his speedy release, with the warning that should he behold the same sight again he would die within five days.
- By the powers of the Quadruple Alliance this event was regarded as of the most sinister omen, and the question was even raised of a fresh armed intervention in France under the terms of the secret treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.
- (v.) In other cases the tie that binds the subject of divination with the omen-giving object is sympathy.