- portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious: an ominous bank of dark clouds.
- indicating the nature of a future event, for good or evil; having the significance of an omen; being a portent: Some of these events were immediately ominous, while others only later revealed themselves as such.
Origin of ominous
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Examples from the Web for ominously
(An ominously slow version of “Crazy in Love” soundtracks the last trailer).Erect Nipples, Blindfolds, and ‘50 Shades’ of Deja Vu
November 15, 2014
Most ominously, a law permitting the use of Russian as an official language in select regions was revoked.Cut the Baloney on Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 9, 2014
Tomorrow, after all, is another day, and as Laura repeatedly, and ominously, notes, the weather could break.One Perfect Summer Day in Virginia Woolf, Saul Bellow and Others
September 25, 2013
The Obama administration itself, CWA ominously implies, must be working for the enemy.WaPo Blogger Welcomes Evangelical Islamophobes to the Pro-Israel Tent
June 10, 2013
Ominously, it usually was prescribed for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.Prue Clarke on Her Battles With Kate Middleton’s Illness, Hyperemesis Gravidarum
December 5, 2012
“There are individuals of character amongst that lot too,” muttered Ossipon ominously.The Secret Agent
She was with Helen, who had been ominously quiet since the affair was settled.
"Kindly take back that word 'hangers-on,'" said Helen, ominously calm.
"You will do as you consider best, of course," she had said, in a voice that was ominously sweet.St. Martin's Summer
"Handsome is as handsome does," replied Mrs. Kemp, ominously.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
- foreboding evil
- serving as or having significance as an omen
Word Origin and History for ominously
1580s, from Latin ominosus "full of foreboding," from omen (genitive ominis) "foreboding" (see omen). Related: Ominousness.