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OMINOUS

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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]

Meaning:

Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

alarming (causing alarm or fear)


Sense 2ominous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Presaging ill fortune

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

unpropitious (not propitious)


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