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1An event regarded as a portent of good or evil.‘the ghost's appearance was an ill omen’‘a rise in imports might be an omen of recovery’
portent, warning, forewarning, augury, presageView synonyms
- ‘Or is placing a feathered creature upon the shoulders considered an even bleaker omen than shooting one?’
- ‘Another good omen: New factory orders are coming in faster than shipments are going out.’
- ‘By now the portents and ill omens that had dogged the start of their journey were receding quickly into memory.’
- ‘These events are often called signs, omens, etc., by those who pay attention to them.’
- ‘The midwife had muttered of portents and omens, but the full confirmation came some hours later.’
- ‘Then the heavens ripped asunder and showered evil and ill omens upon the face of this beckoning planet.’
- ‘These religious offences were taken as ill omens for the expedition and threats to the democracy.’
- ‘Tracey must have not been home, which was an absolute good omen to Delilah.’
- ‘But for all the omens and portents, the magic in Shalimar is firmly at the service of the realism.’
- ‘The operation of the state's hospital system has been impaired, and there are ill omens for the future improvement of patient safety.’
- ‘Growing demand and plenty of new house building are healthy omens.’
- ‘On 14 June, a meteor was seen to fall into the Turkish camp, a very good omen.’
- 1.1mass noun Prophetic significance.‘the raven seemed a bird of evil omen’
portent, sign, signal, token, forewarning, warning, foreshadowing, prediction, forecast, prophecy, harbinger, auguryView synonyms
- ‘The glorious sunshine was the first good omen; the best Sunday this summer.’
- ‘It was no omen, no gigantic prophecy that comes but once an age, but there was power that night.’
- ‘The egg has, during the span of history, represented mystery, magic, medicine, food and omen.’
- ‘I remember in my childhood days when people believed in a multitude of signs or omens.’
- ‘In our happy innocence, we all theorized what this good omen might have signified.’
- ‘Clear skies and a bridge across bright water seem like good omens.’
- ‘Nor does he believe in the evil eye, bad omen, and that kind of stuff.’
- ‘These and other strange omens are proffered as signs that the hour is nigh.’
- ‘Under the violent rain whose splashes make them almost invisible, the ornamental fish of auspicious omen turn slowly in their pools.’
- ‘It seemed a suitably surreal omen for the journey.’
- ‘Bangalore's roads were a distinct bad omen for its new government.’
- ‘If you're looking for omens, then the omens are good, but you've also got to say that Ipswich are a strong side.’
- ‘If today was any kind of omen about the wedding or the subsequent years after the wedding, I am frightened.’
- ‘But Krishnaa did not need evil omens to tell her what was going to happen.’
- ‘Well in fact when you do someone's horoscope, you must find some dark sign, some bad omens as it were.’
- ‘Despite such concerns, they believe the omens for peace with India are good.’
- ‘Hopefully, Martin isn't overly inclined to look to the sky for omens.’
- ‘He wondered if maybe she had been some kind of omen, a harbinger of the chaos that was enveloping the entire SpaceHold.’
- ‘The omens, however, from within Whitehall are not encouraging.’
- ‘But one auspicious omen appears in the graphic sidebar accompanying the article.’
Late 16th century: from Latin.
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