- 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
Synonyms for ominous
Examples from the Web for ominousness
Historical Examples of ominousness
To him, as to his mother, the circumstance had at once conveyed a suggestion of ominousness, a hint of possible evil tidings.The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer
That face once seen could never be forgotten, and he was overcome by the ominousness of the meeting.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
Too ominous, Mr. Moore thought: let ominousness be kept for one's attitude towards crime.East Angels
Constance Fenimore Woolson
Despite the ominousness of the times, Mercer continued with the daily routine, the minutiae of which filled his journal.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia
C. Malcolm Watkins
- foreboding evil
- serving as or having significance as an omen
Word Origin for ominous
1580s, from Latin ominosus "full of foreboding," from omen (genitive ominis) "foreboding" (see omen). Related: Ominousness.