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Synonyms for ominous
ˈɒm ə nəsomi·nous

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Wiktionary

  1. ominousadjective

    Synonyms:
    threatening, portentous

  2. ominousadjective

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

    Synonyms:
    threatening, portentous

  3. ominousadjective

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threateningadjective

    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, ominousadjective

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ominousadjective

    Synonyms:
    portentous, monitory, premonitory

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ominousadjective

    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. Muthoki Mumo:

    The manner in which this journalist was taken, by men claiming to be police, is very ominous and further evidence that the press is not safe in President John Magufuli's Tanzania.

  2. Peter Turkson:

    He is not making some political comment about the relative merits of capitalism and communism. He is rather restating ancient biblical teaching, he is pointing to the ominous signs in nature that suggest that humanity may now have tilled too much and kept too little.

  3. Mike Bailey:

    Despite the ominous headlines about a trade war with China, we're comfortable with U.S. equities at current prices amid favorable macro trends and surging earnings growth.

  4. 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.

  5. Daleep Singh:

    The ominous reality was that a synchronized global sell-off had taken on a life of its own, with little prospect for self-correction.


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