omen

[oh-muhn]
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noun
  1. anything perceived or happening that is believed to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; portent.
  2. a prognostic.
  3. prophetic significance; presage: a bird of ill omen.
verb (used with object)
  1. to be an omen of; portend.
  2. 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

noun
  1. a phenomenon or occurrence regarded as a sign of future happiness or disaster
  2. prophetic significance
verb
  1. (tr) to portend

Word Origin for omen

C16: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for 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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