ominous
adjective Date: 1580 being or exhibiting an omen ; portentous; especially foreboding or foreshadowing evil ; inauspiciousominously adverbominousness noun Synonyms: ominous, portentous, fateful mean having a menacing or threatening aspect. ominous implies having a menacing, alarming character foreshadowing evil or disaster <
ominous rumblings from the volcano
>
. portentous suggests being frighteningly big or impressive but now seldom definitely connotes forewarning of calamity <
an eerie and portentous stillness
>
. fateful suggests being of momentous or decisive importance <
the fateful conference that led to war
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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