What does ominous mean?

Definitions for ominous
ˈɒm ə nəsomi·nous

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. ominous(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From ominosus, from omen, from os + -men

  2. ominous(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From ominosus, from omen, from os + -men

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ominous

    om′in-us, adj. pertaining to, or containing, an omen: foreboding evil: inauspicious.—adv. Om′inously.—n. Om′inousness.

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  1. Alex
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ominous in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ominous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of ominous in a Sentence

  1. Sam Bullard:

    We don't think it will detract from the possibility that the Fed is considering a September rate hike, only if we saw ominous signs of a deterioration elsewhere in the data.

  2. David Joy:

    The message that financials are sending about growth is more ominous, banks are a proxy for the outlook for growth. And the outlook is diminishing.

  3. George Santayana:

    For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.

  4. Peter Turkson:

    He is not making some political comment about the relative merits of capitalism and communism. He is rather restating ancient biblical teaching, he is pointing to the ominous signs in nature that suggest that humanity may now have tilled too much and kept too little.

  5. Muthoki Mumo:

    The manner in which this journalist was taken, by men claiming to be police, is very ominous and further evidence that the press is not safe in President John Magufuli's Tanzania.

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