absit omen

ab·​sit omen | \ˌabsə̇tˈōmən\

Definition of absit omen 

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

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First Known Use of absit omen

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for absit omen

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

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