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ominous | ominously | ominousness

ominous ominously ominousness
the sense that something bad is going to happen
  • How to Memorize
    • ominous - threatening
  • Analysis

    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.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymssinister, foreboding, inauspicious,
  • Example(s)
    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.