Ominous Om"i*nous, a. [L. ominosus, fr. omen. See {Omen}.] Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant; portentous; -- formerly used both in a favorable and unfavorable sense; now chiefly in the latter; foreboding or foreshowing evil; inauspicious; as, an ominous dread. [1913 Webster]

He had a good ominous name to have made a peace. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

In the heathen worship of God, a sacrifice without a heart was accounted ominous. --South. [1913 Webster] -- {Om"i*nous*ly}, adv. -- {Om"i*nous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • ominously — ominous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ giving the worrying impression that something bad is going to happen. DERIVATIVES ominously adverb ominousness noun. ORIGIN Latin ominosus, from omen omen …   English terms dictionary

  • ominously — adverb in an ominous manner (Freq. 3) the sun darkened ominously • Derived from adjective: ↑ominous …   Useful english dictionary

  • ominously — adverb see ominous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ominously — See ominous. * * * …   Universalium

  • ominously — É‘mɪnÉ™slɪ / É’m adj. in a foreboding manner; in an ominous way …   English contemporary dictionary

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