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Meaning & Definition of Ominous in English

English

Ominous

/ɑmənəs/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • baleful
  • ,
  • forbidding
  • ,
  • menacing
  • ,
  • minacious
  • ,
  • minatory
  • ,
  • ominous
  • ,
  • sinister
  • ,
  • threatening

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • ill
  • ,
  • inauspicious
  • ,
  • ominous