Ominous meaning

ŏmə-nəs
The definition of ominous is something that suggests bad things will happen soon.

An example of ominous is a dark cloud before a thunderstorm.

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Menacing; threatening.

Ominous black clouds; ominous rumblings of discontent.

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Of or being an omen, especially an evil one.
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Of or serving as an omen; esp., having the character of an evil omen; threatening; sinister.
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Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant.
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Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen; threatening; portentous; inauspicious.
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Origin of ominous

  • Latin ōminōsus from ōmen ōmin- omen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin ominosus (“full of foreboding"), from omen (“forebiden fruit, omen"), from os (“the mouth") + -men

    From Wiktionary