[il-oh-muh nd]


having or attended by bad omens; ill-starred.

Origin of ill-omened

First recorded in 1675–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ill-omened

Historical Examples of ill-omened

  • The second lambda is inserted in order to avoid the ill-omened sound of destruction.

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

  • Heyst cast an indifferent glance at the ill-omened chaos of the sky.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for ill-omened



doomed to be unlucky; ill-fated
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