ominous | ominously | ominousness

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GRE

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Banks

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Civil Services

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Meaning(s)

the sense that something bad is going to happen

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ominous - threatening

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The word ‘ominous’ implies something alarming or threatening that may foreshadow evil or disaster. It is always used in a negative context as it relates to something to be feared or worried about. In a social context, it is most commonly used in relation to an atmosphere or the weather.

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Synonyms sinister,foreboding,inauspicious
Antonyms favourable

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  1. Our CEO issued an ominous warning to staff that if losses continue, drastic action would need to be taken.

  2. The director used sound and lighting effects to build a sense of ominousness as the movie progressed.

  3. There are ominous dark clouds overhead. I think it’s going to rain heavily any minute now.

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