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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments;
- Example: "a baleful look"
- Example: "forbidding thunderclouds"
- Example: "his tone became menacing"
- Example: "ominous rumblings of discontent"
- Example: "sinister storm clouds"
- Example: "a sinister smile"
- Example: "his threatening behavior"
- Example: "ugly black clouds"
- Example: "the situation became ugly"
[syn: baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening]

2. presaging ill fortune;
- Example: "ill omens"
- Example: "ill predictions"
- Example: "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley
- Example: "a dead and ominous silence prevailed"
- Example: "a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government"
[syn: ill, inauspicious, ominous]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ominous \Om"i*nous\, a. [L. ominosus, fr. omen. See Omen.] Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant; portentous; -- formerly used both in a favorable and unfavorable sense; now chiefly in the latter; foreboding or foreshowing evil; inauspicious; as, an ominous dread. [1913 Webster] He had a good ominous name to have made a peace. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] In the heathen worship of God, a sacrifice without a heart was accounted ominous. --South. [1913 Webster] -- Om"i*nous*ly, adv. -- Om"i*nous*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ominous adj 1: threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly" [syn: baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening] 2: presaging ill fortune; "ill omens"; "ill predictions"; "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley; "a dead and ominous silence prevailed"; "a by- election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government" [syn: ill, inauspicious, ominous]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

131 Moby Thesaurus words for "ominous": abusive, admonitory, apocalyptic, augural, bad, badly off, baleful, baneful, black, bludgeoning, blustering, bodeful, boding, browbeating, bulldozing, bullying, cautionary, comminatory, corroding, corrosive, corrupting, corruptive, counterproductive, damaging, dark, deadly, deleterious, denunciatory, depressed, detrimental, dire, direful, disadvantageous, disserviceable, distressing, donsie, doomful, dreary, evil, evil-starred, fatal, fateful, fear-inspiring, forbidding, foreboding, foreshadowing, foretelling, foretokening, fortuneless, funest, gloomy, grim, hapless, harmful, hectoring, hostile, hurtful, ill, ill off, ill-boding, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, imminent, in adverse circumstances, inauspicious, indicative, inhospitable, injurious, intimidating, lethal, lowering, luckless, malefic, maleficent, malevolent, malign, malignant, mantic, meaningful, menacing, minacious, minatory, mischievous, noisome, noxious, of evil portent, oracular, out of luck, pernicious, planet-struck, poisonous, portending, portentous, predictive, prejudicial, premonitory, prognostic, prophetic, sad, scatheful, short of luck, sibyllic, sinister, somber, star-crossed, terroristic, terrorizing, threatening, threatful, toxic, unblessed, underprivileged, unfavorable, unfortunate, unfriendly, unhappy, unlucky, unpromising, unpropitious, unprosperous, unprovidential, untoward, vaticinal, venenate, veneniferous, venenous, venomous, vicious, virulent, warning