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Synonyms for ominous
ˈɒm ə nəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening(adj)

    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

    "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly"

    Synonyms:
    grim, inauspicious, sullen, minacious, baneful, lowering, black, baleful, dark, sinister, heavy, minatory, dour, menacing, ill, forbidding, threatening

    Antonyms:
    unalarming, propitious

  2. ill, inauspicious, ominous(adj)

    presaging ill fortune

    "ill omens"; "ill predictions"; "my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven"- P.B.Shelley; "a dead and ominous silence prevailed"; "a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government"

    Synonyms:
    baleful, threatening, sick, minacious, ill, inauspicious, untoward, forbidding, minatory, menacing, sinister, adverse, unfortunate

    Antonyms:
    propitious, unalarming

Wiktionary

  1. ominous(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    threatening, portentous

  2. ominous(adjective)

    Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant.

    Synonyms:
    threatening, portentous

  3. ominous(adjective)

    Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen; threatening; portentous; inauspicious.

    Synonyms:
    portentous, threatening

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ominous

    Synonyms:
    portentous, suggestive, threatening, foreboding, premonitory, unpropitious

    Antonyms:
    auspicious, propitious, encouraging

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ominous(a.)

    Synonyms:
    portentous, monitory, premonitory

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ominous(a)

    Synonyms:
    portentous, monitory, premonitory, threatening

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "ominous":

    sinister, worrying, disturbing, worrisome, alarming

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How to use ominous in a sentence?

  1. D. W. Brogan:

    For Americans war is almost all of the time a nuisance, and military skill is a luxury like Mah-Jongg. But when the issue is brought home to them, war becomes as important, for the necessary period, as business or sport. And it is hard to decide which is likely to be the more ominous for the Axis -- an American decision that this is sport, or that it is business.

  2. President George H.W. Bush:

    I remember very quiet nights at the dinner table, george was weighing grim scenarios and ominous intelligence about potentially even more devastating attacks.

  3. Andrea Dupree:

    No one knows how a star behaves in the weeks before it explodes, and there were some ominous predictions that Betelgeuse was ready to become a supernova, chances are, however, that it will not explode during our lifetime, but who knows ?

  4. Srikanth Kondapalli:

    The second informal meeting as such is significant given these ominous signals at bilateral, regional and global levels.

  5. The Post:

    The moon dropped over like an ominous curtain, it was as if the black-hand of fate had snuffed man’s solar candle. And suddenly the watching thousands realized the wonder of the universe and the weakness of little men.


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