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Definition threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
  • I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening
  • With the clouds looking so ominous, I'm afraid there will be a bad storm.
  • ominous = threatening
  • 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
  • ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
  • 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
  • ominous = threatening or suggestive of bad things to come
  • 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
  • ominously = suggestive of bad things to come
  • 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
  • ominous = suggestive of bad things to come
  • On the horizon, the clouds looked ominous.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • ominous = threatening
  • And Gilgamesh lamented, 'Now I will pray to the great gods, for my friend had an ominous dream.'
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • ominous = suggestive of bad things to come
  • the ominous sound of Snape's dungeon door creaking open
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • ominous = threatening (foreshadowing ill fortune)
  • and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky,
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • ominous = suggestive of bad things to come
  • There is something ominous behind the silence.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • ominous = threatening
  • There was a murmur among the group of men, made more ominous when Atticus moved back to the bottom front step and the men drew nearer to him.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • ominous = threatening
  • He said ominously, "Well, he better watch out for Lennie. Lennie ain't no fighter, but Lennie's strong and quick and Lennie don't know no rules."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • ominously = warning of danger
  • Ominously he pointed the blade of the shovel at the boy in the owl burrow.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • ominously = in a threatening manner
  • He and his company went on, their weapons clinking, chain-mail jangling, solemn and ominous as drums.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • ominous = threatening or suggestive of bad things to come
  • ...they looked seldom at it, for it was ominous and dreary even in the light of morning.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • ominous = suggestive of evil or something bad
  • 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
  • ominous = threatening or foreshadowing evil or bad things to come
  • The smokestack and the ominous black curl emerging from it, dissipating against the bright blue sky,
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • ominous = threatening; or suggestive of bad things to come
  • The music becomes ominous.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
  • Had he contented himself with looking fierce and ominous, all would have been well.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
ominous = threatening

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