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Definition of omen

: an occurrence or phenomenon (see phenomenon sense 1) believed to portend a future event : augury The dark clouds were considered a bad omen.

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They regarded the win as a good omen for the team. omens of things to come
Recent Examples on the Web But even as effective treatments were better able to tame the disease in patients with access to care, Kramer took every new development as a dark omen. Matt Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Curse of the Prophet," 7 June 2020 If the fires did overwinter, that is not in itself a bad omen; the Dutch study did not find that overwintering fires make a new year particularly fire-prone. The Economist, "The fires within the deep Have Siberian fires been smouldering underground all winter?," 4 June 2020 For instance, owls are considered unlucky omens and harbingers of death among many Native American tribes, the Crow included. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Godfather of Montana’s Bighorn River," 28 Apr. 2020 Hopefully, the safety measures these places are taking will mitigate that risk, and the outbreak in Kirkland will turn out to be a blip, not an omen. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "America’s Nursing Homes Are Bracing for an Outbreak," 4 Mar. 2020 The Met production of Handel’s opera includes a grim omen of this murder in a final scene, when Nerone, now assured of rule, makes a strangling gesture, seen only by the audience, from behind Agrippina’s back. James Romm, The New York Review of Books, "The Winking Satire of ‘Agrippina’," 1 Mar. 2020 The game started with something of a bad omen for the Spurs. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Dejounte Murray’s career high helps San Antonio Spurs stop bleeding," 11 Feb. 2020 Inclusion advocates worried that this year’s Academy Award precursors were grim omens for the big show. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Why Are the #OscarsStillMostlyWhiteAndMale?," 13 Jan. 2020 Perhaps, in the end, many of those sharing the videos are doing nothing more than looking for omens. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Targeting 5G Technology, Bill Gates, and a World of Fear," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of omen

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for omen

Latin omin-, omen

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22 Jun 2020

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“Omen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of omen

: something that is believed to be a sign or warning of something that will happen in the future


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Kids Definition of omen

: a happening believed to be a sign or warning of a future event

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