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omen

Syllabification: o·men
Pronunciation: /ˈōmən
 
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Definition of omen in English:

noun

1An event regarded as a portent of good or evil: the ghost’s appearance was an ill omen a rise in imports might be an omen of recovery
More example sentences
  • Then the heavens ripped asunder and showered evil and ill omens upon the face of this beckoning planet.
  • By now the portents and ill omens that had dogged the start of their journey were receding quickly into memory.
  • These events are often called signs, omens, etc., by those who pay attention to them.
1.1Prophetic significance: the raven seemed a bird of evil omen
More example sentences
  • It was no omen, no gigantic prophecy that comes but once an age, but there was power that night.
  • In our happy innocence, we all theorized what this good omen might have signified.
  • He wondered if maybe she had been some kind of omen, a harbinger of the chaos that was enveloping the entire SpaceHold.
Synonyms
portent, sign, signal, token, forewarning, warning, danger sign, foreshadowing, prediction, forecast, prophecy, harbinger, augury, auspice, presage;
straw in the wind, (hand)writing on the wall, indication, hint
literary foretoken

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin.

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