verb (used with object)
Origin of omen
Examples from the Web for omen
At times, it seemed Leonard was awaiting a portent or an omen.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Japan Times on March 6, 2010, reported that in folklore the fish comes to the beach as an omen of an earthquake.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?|Kevin Bailey|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The color has also been used to forebode an omen or a threat.
Some view is as an omen of dread, of blood, of war, or of victory.
They may even have a good argument, but their very existence is about as ill an omen as it gets.
Again he won his stake, an omen for the day, and was exultant.Mr. Scarborough's Family|Anthony Trollope
If they remain unmoved on the left, or adhere to the right, then it is an omen that the absent loved one will remain faithful.Domestic folk-lore|T. F. Thiselton-Dyer
If dark and dingy, the omen was bad, and they were ordered to sit still.Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before|George Turner
But in the meantime its disappearance troubled me like an omen.Uncle Silas|J. S. LeFanu
René took the incident as an omen, and turned his ode into a prophecy which he delivered to his master as the utterance of God.A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)|Mrs. Sutherland Orr
British Dictionary definitions for omen
Word Origin for omen
Word Origin and History for omen
1580s, from Latin omen "foreboding," from Old Latin osmen, of unknown origin; perhaps connected with the root of audire "to hear" [OED] or from PIE *o- "to believe, hold as true" (cf. Greek oiomai "I suppose, think, believe").