Ominous Om"i*nous, a. [L. ominosus, fr. omen. See {Omen}.] Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant; portentous; -- formerly used both in a favorable and unfavorable sense; now chiefly in the latter; foreboding or foreshowing evil; inauspicious; as, an ominous dread. [1913 Webster]

He had a good ominous name to have made a peace. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

In the heathen worship of God, a sacrifice without a heart was accounted ominous. --South. [1913 Webster] -- {Om"i*nous*ly}, adv. -- {Om"i*nous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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