absit omen


ab·​sit omen
used as a mild invocation
if he should fail, absit omen, all will be lost
compare God forbid at god entry 2

Word History


Latin, may (evil) omen be absent, i.e., may what is said not come true

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absit omen was in 1594

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“Absit omen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absit%20omen. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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