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American English: /ˈɑmənəs/
British English: /ˈɒmɪnəs/


  • there was an ominous silence
    se hizo un silencio que no presagiaba or no auguraba nada bueno
    that's ominous
    eso es de mal agüero or es un mal augurio
    there are some ominous clouds on the horizon
    hay nubes que no auguran or no presagian nada bueno
    Example sentences
    • In recent times however, the label could be associated with an even more ominous threat.
    • The storm is just about to break, there's an ominous black cloud over Sheffield.
    • Outside, dark, ominous thunder clouds gathered as rain began to pelt down on top of her car.

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    Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
    (especially as a direction) very loud or loudly
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