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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ominous mean? 

OMINOUS (adjective)
  The adjective OMINOUS has 2 senses:

1. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
2. presaging ill fortune

  Familiarity information: OMINOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

OMINOUS (adjective)

Sense 1ominous [BACK TO TOP]


Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments


sinister; ominous; minatory; minacious; menacing; threatening; forbidding; baleful

Context examples:

a baleful look / forbidding thunderclouds / his tone became menacing / ominous rumblings of discontent / sinister storm clouds / a sinister smile / his threatening behavior / ugly black clouds / the situation became ugly


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

Sense 2ominous [BACK TO TOP]


Presaging ill fortune


ominous; inauspicious; ill

Context examples:

ill omens / ill predictions / my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven / a dead and ominous silence prevailed / a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government


unpropitious (not propitious)

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