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om·i·nous

 (ŏm′ə-nəs)
adj.
1. Menacing; threatening: ominous black clouds; ominous rumblings of discontent.
2. Of or being an omen, especially an evil one.

[Latin ōminōsus, from ōmen, ōmin-, omen.]

om′i·nous·ly adv.
om′i·nous·ness n.

ominous

(ˈɒmɪnəs)
adj
1. foreboding evil
2. serving as or having significance as an omen
[C16: from Latin ōminōsus, from omen]
ˈominously adv
ˈominousness n

om•i•nous

(ˈɒm ə nəs)

adj.
1. portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious.
2. having the significance of an omen.
[1580–90; < Latin ōminōsus portentous, derivative of ōmin- omen]
om′i•nous•ly, adv.
om′i•nous•ness, n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ominous - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developmentsominous - 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"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
2.ominous - 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"
unpropitious - not propitious

ominous

ominous

adjective
Translations
نَذير بالشًّؤْم أو النَّحْس
ildevarslende
enteellinenpahaenteinenuhkaava
óheillavænlegur
draudīgs

ominous

[ˈɒmɪnəs] ADJ [development, event] → de mal agüero; [silence] → que no augura nada bueno, que no presagia nada bueno; [sound] → siniestro; [cloud] → amenazador; [tone] (= sinister) → amenazador; (= worrying) → inquietante
that's ominouseso es una mala señal
it was an ominous signera una señal de mal agüero
the silence was ominousel silencio no auguraba or no presagiaba nada bueno
to look/sound ominousno augurar or presagiar nada bueno

ominous

[ˈɒmɪnəs] adj [sign] → de mauvais augure; [event, development] → inquiétant(e); [silence] → de mauvais augure; [sound] → menaçant(e)
They see this as an ominous development → Ils considèrent ceci comme un développement inquiétant.
There was an ominous silence at the other end of the phone → Il y eut un silence de mauvais augure à l'autre bout du fil.
The rolls of distant thunder were growing more ominous → Les grondements du tonnerre au loin se faisaient plus menaçants.

ominous

adjbedrohlich, ominös; event, appearance alsodrohend; look, voice alsoUnheil verkündend, unheilschwanger; sign alsoverhängnisvoll; skybedrohlich; that’s ominousdas lässt nichts Gutes ahnen; that sounds/looks ominous (fig)das verspricht nichts Gutes

ominous

[ˈɒmɪnəs] adj (sign) → minaccioso/a, infausto/a; (event) → di malaugurio; (look, smile, silence) → sinistro/a

ominous

(ˈominəs) adjective
giving a suggestion about something bad that is going to happen. an ominous cloud; an ominous silence.
ˈominously adverb

ominous

a. ominoso-a, nefasto-a.
References in classic literature ?
There might have been cause for maternal anxiety, if Demi had not given convincing proofs that he was a true boy, as well as a budding philosopher, for often, after a discussion which caused Hannah to prophesy, with ominous nods, "That child ain't long for this world," he would turn about and set her fears at rest by some of the pranks with which dear, dirty, naughty little rascals distract and delight their parent's souls.
There seemed to be something back of the simple statement--an ominous and portending "something.
She withdrew her arms from the tub of suds in which they had been plunged, dried them upon her apron, and as quickly as her trembling limbs would bear her, hurried to the spot whence the ominous report had come.
The ominous sounds reached the outer door, and the women and children pressing into the throng, no gap had been left, between shoulder and shoulder, that was not now filled with the dark lineaments of some eager and curious human countenance.
But an unlucky allusion to his previous remarks on Kearney's attentions to Jessie, and a querulous regret that he had permitted a disruption of their social intimacy, brought such an ominous and frigid opposition, not only from Christie, but even the frivolous Jessie herself, that Carr sank back in a crushed and terrified silence.
It was a curious, and, as some people thought, an ominous fact, that, very soon after the workmen began their operations, the spring of water, above mentioned, entirely lost the deliciousness of its pristine quality.
Sometimes a light glimmered out of the physician's eyes, burning blue and ominous, like the reflection of a furnace, or, let us say, like one of those gleams of ghastly fire that darted from Bunyan's awful doorway in the hillside, and quivered on the pilgrim's face.
She smiled and smiled, and we met; but it was all done in a silence by this time flagrantly ominous.
Rather ominous in that particular connexion, thought I.
And then it was discomforting to see Huck eying Joe's prepara- tions so wistfully, and keeping up such an ominous silence.
This ominous tool she presented to Miss Scatcherd with a respectful curtesy; then she quietly, and without being told, unloosed her pinafore, and the teacher instantly and sharply inflicted on her neck a dozen strokes with the bunch of twigs.
I saw him smile to himself - grin rather - and lapse into ominous musing whenever Mrs.