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  • I’m beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
  • With the clouds looking so ominous, I’m afraid there will be a bad storm.
  • "Explain," she said, her glasses glinting ominously.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • He said ominously, "Well, he better watch out for Lennie."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men

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  • the voice grew bleak and ominous "she thinned out and she skinnied out, an’ she dropped that baby, dead."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • His voice was harsh and ominous.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Umuofia was like a startled animal with ears erect, sniffing the silent, ominous air and not knowing which way to run.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • The smokestack and the ominous black curl emerging from it, dissipating against the bright blue sky,
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • ...the ruins of towers: they had an ominous look.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • ...they looked seldom at it, for it was ominous and dreary even in the light of morning.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit

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  • Her tone was ominous, as though our next meeting would not be happy.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • A house standing placidly in distant fields had to him an ominous look.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I turned away, trying to keep my anger in check, but when I spoke again, I could hear the ominous undercurrent in my voice.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Had he contented himself with looking fierce and ominous, all would have been well.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The presence of the Death Eaters outside increased the ominous mood inside number twelve.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • the ominous sound of Snape’s dungeon door creaking open
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The music becomes ominous.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Ominously he pointed the blade of the shovel at the boy in the owl burrow.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • She rises ominously and quietly and moves toward HAPPY, who backs up into the kitchen, afraid.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • And Gilgamesh lamented, ’Now I will pray to the great gods, for my friend had an ominous dream.’
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In the living room BENEATHA sits at the table, still surrounded by the now almost ominous packing crates.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • It was the same kind of ominous voice; but these men could by no stretch of imagination be called enemies.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • When day came at last the hobbits were surprised to see how much closer the ominous mountains had already drawn.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Here she was stopped by an ominous glance from Miss Jones, followed immediately by the smile.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky,
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Oh, ominous! He comes to kill my heart.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • All was ominously quiet.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • When I got my diagnosis it didn’t sound serious, but after a while it sounded more ominous than other people’s.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • His powers, as you heard, were surprisingly well-developed for such a young wizard and — most interestingly and ominously of all — he had already discovered that he had some measure of control over them
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • On the horizon, the clouds looked ominous.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • Then Vlad had reached over to his block of big cutting knives and started laying them ominously out on the counter, arranged by size.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Her voice took on a more ominous tone.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • The sharp sound as the gloves snapped into place against his wrists seemed ominous to me.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • As Billy went back to his work he said ominously, "You’d better ask him anyway."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • Late the next afternoon all the ominous, heavy gloom I felt inside of me seemed to come out in the weather.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • he remarked, ominously calm.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The landlubber clergy tried desperately to find a comfortable way to perch on the one-by-four crosspieces that formed the seats, the water gurgling ominously, Jim’s torch seeking the log jams and the snags.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • He and his company went on, their weapons clinking, chain-mail jangling, solemn and ominous as drums.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • "General, I understood General Lee to say that the enemy would be up on the ridge back there..."

    Longstreet said, "That’s correct."

    McLaws hummed, scratched his face.

    "Well?" Longstreet said ominously.

    "Well, the enemy’s right in front of me..."
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • The cans in the galley floor did not look in any way salvable and even in the locker there were some that were badly rusted and some that wore an ominous bulbed look.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • As he was shaking the cold out of his legs, a huge gust of wind came splashing against the tree above us, heaving over a branch and knocking it against one of the electric wires. "That’s not good," Mondo said, nodding ominously at the tree.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • Harry saw the Death Eaters swerve out of sight to avoid the deadly trail of flame, and at the same time felt the sidecar sway ominously: Its metal connections to the bike had splintered with the force of acceleration.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Jem said they had better shoo the fish down to one side of the pool lest they hurt one, and they were leaning over the side rustling the water when an ominous voice behind them said, "Whoo—"
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The structure rumbles ominously.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The vibration in the air is still there, but now it feels ominous, like the air is full of sharp things getting ready to drop.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Thomas tried not to think about how ominous the last four words had been.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Its purpose seemed ominous, and Thomas searched his memory-depleted mind to work out what it could possibly be but came up empty.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • This was wide-gaping-ominous open.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I’d been home from work for an hour when all at once the sky turned an ominous shade of grayish green.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • There was just something ominous about the way Deedee had spoken of them.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
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