Definition of ill-omened in US English:



  • Attended by bad omens.

    ‘ill-omened birds of prey’
    • ‘The psychic unease that Faulkner weaves into Quentin's obsession with the girl foreshadows an ill-omened conclusion.’
    • ‘I made him pose as my significant other at Penelope's party on that ill-omened day.’
    • ‘To quote The Master of Ballantrae: ‘Something speaks in my bosom; and so much it says plain - that this is an ill-omened journey.’’
    • ‘Benny Lynch originated the stereotype of the ill-omened Scottish champion.’
    • ‘I was reminded of Maxwell Smart's ill-omened Cone of Silence.’
    • ‘She broke the walls of His study, setting every ill-omened text of unclean lore alight.’
    • ‘The breathless void of the sea was wantonly rousted out, as an ill-omened wind hailed from the east.’
    • ‘So too the fiendish destruction of the public and private Hermes figures in Athens two years earlier, on the ill-omened eve of sailing of the Athenian armada for Sicily.’
    • ‘According to Sontag, cancer is often ‘felt to be obscene - in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, and repugnant to the senses.’’
    • ‘I once had a Danish friend, now dead, who told me that his ancestor had aimed the ill-omened cannon, and claimed that it was out of penance that he became a professor of classics in a Canadian university.’
    • ‘During the tour visitors walk to an impressive overlook to peer into the ill-omened pools of bubbling, black, steaming liquid.’
    • ‘The building narrative progresses through ill-omened and distorted imagery of horses ill in a hospital and gaping splits in reality.’
    • ‘Why did Ella and I have to go to that ominous, ill-omened party on that fateful, fateful day?’
    • ‘With this ill-omened report in his hand, Goering stepped out of the door of Hitler's salon.’
    • ‘The good news, therefore, is that naturally unlucky people don't have to accept their apparently ill-omened fates.’
    • ‘I could feel a maddening mixture of emotions percolating inside of me, and I had the distinct, ill-omened feeling that everything was going to rush to a boiling point tonight.’
    • ‘The ill-omened page of postmodern historicism has been definitively turned.’
    • ‘His birthday was ill-omened, for it found him afflicted by influenza.’
    • ‘On the second day of October, her evil family gave to her two ill-omened crows.’
    • ‘I am not certain I could strike at any one of the ill-omened Wade family without partaking of your curse myself.’
    inauspicious, unfavourable, adverse, disadvantageous, unpropitious, uninviting, discouraging, disheartening, gloomy, bleak, black, portentous, foreboding, hopeless, ominous, creepy, baleful, doomed, jinxed, damned, cursed, ill-fated
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/ˈil ˈˌōmənd//ˈɪl ˈˌoʊmənd/