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[il-oh-muh nd] /ˈɪlˈoʊ mənd/
having or attended by bad omens; ill-starred.
Origin of ill-omened
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The second lambda is inserted in order to avoid the ill-omened sound of destruction.

    Cratylus Plato
  • The design of her eyebrows also was the same, rigid and ill-omened.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Heyst cast an indifferent glance at the ill-omened chaos of the sky.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • I watched the ill-omened company, till I saw them enter the gate.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • In short, it was an ill-omened day, which upset his entire existence.

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
  • Number 3, Lauriston Gardens wore an ill-omened and minatory look.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • This was not the last time we were to see that ill-omened craft.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • In spite of this ill-omened beginning, The Bunhouse did very useful work.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • Now behold the most pernicious circumstance in this ill-omened connection.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The ill-omened boy, George, was the exact opposite of his brother.

    Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for ill-omened


doomed to be unlucky; ill-fated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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