omen

[ oh-muhn ]
/ ˈoʊ mən /
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noun

anything perceived or happening that is believed to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; portent.
a prognostic.
prophetic significance; presage: a bird of ill omen.

verb (used with object)

to be an omen of; portend.
to divine, as if from omens.

Origin of omen

First recorded in 1575–85, omen is from the Latin word ōmen
Related formsun·o·mened, adjective
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omen

/ (ˈəʊmən) /

noun

a phenomenon or occurrence regarded as a sign of future happiness or disaster
prophetic significance

verb

(tr) to portend

Word Origin for omen

C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for omen

omen


n.

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").

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