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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ominous \Om"i*nous\, adjective [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.

He had a good ominous name to have made a peace. --Bacon.

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ominous

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" [syn: {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" [syn: {ill}, {inauspicious}, {ominous}]


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