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ominous

om·i·nous

ominous

 
pronunciation:
a m ns
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: indicating or threatening future evil or unpleasantness.
The black clouds looked ominous, so we paddled toward the shore.The messenger gave an ominous warning.
synonyms:
foreboding, sinister, threatening
antonyms:
auspicious, promising
similar words:
baleful, dark, dire, forbidding, grim, ill, menacing, minatory, portentous, ugly, unfavorable
definition 2: of or serving as an omen, esp. a bad omen.
The appearance of the comet was considered ominous.
synonyms:
foretelling, portentous, premonitory
similar words:
foreboding, prognostic
derivations: ominously (adv.), ominousness (n.)