Definition of omen in English:

omen

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊmən
 
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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
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Prophetic significance: the raven seemed a bird of evil omen
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    • 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, foreshadowing, prediction, forecast, prophecy, harbinger, augury; straw in the wind, writing on the wall, indication, hint, auspice, presage, threat, ill omen, menace
    literary foretoken

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin.

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