Definitions for ominousˈɒm ə nəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

om•i•nous*ˈɒm ə nəs(adj.)

  1. portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious.

  2. having the significance of an omen.

* Syn: ominous , portentous , fateful , threatening describe something that foretells a serious and significant outcome or consequence. ominous suggests an evil or harmful consequence: ominous storm clouds.portentous , although it may point to evil or disaster, more often describes something momentous or important: a portentous change in foreign policy.fateful also stresses the great or decisive importance of what it describes: a fateful encounter between two influential leaders.threatening may point to calamity or mere unpleasantness, but usu. suggests that the outcome is imminent: a threatening rumble from a volcano.

Origin of ominous:

1580–90; < L ōminōsus portentous, der. of ōmin-omen


Princeton's WordNet

  1. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening(adj)

    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

    "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"

  2. ill, inauspicious, ominous(adj)

    presaging ill fortune

    "ill omens"; "ill predictions"; "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley; "a dead and ominous silence prevailed"; "a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government"


  1. ominous(Adjective)

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

  2. ominous(Adjective)

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

  3. Origin: From ominosus, from omen, from os + -men

Translations for ominous

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


giving a suggestion about something bad that is going to happen

an ominous cloud; an ominous silence.

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