May 24, 2016
- ominous (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : being or showing a sign of evil or misfortune to come
- How do you use it?
- "The sea looked ominous, like a dreary waving plain with patches of drifted snow: whilst the ship laboured heavily, the albatross glided with its expanded wings right up the wind." (Charles Darwin, _The Voyage of the Beagle_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "ominous"?"Ominous" "portentous," and "fateful" mean having a menacing or threatening aspect. "Ominous" implies having a menacing, alarming character foreshadowing evil or disaster, as in "Ominous rumblings came from the volcano." "Portentous" suggests being frighteningly big or impressive, as in "An eerie and portentous stillness filled the castle." "Fateful" suggests being of momentous or decisive importance, as in "Their lives changed forever that fateful day." Answer B, "auspicious," is actually an antonym of "ominous." It means "promising success, favorable," as in "The bump up to first class was an auspicious start to our trip."