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ominous
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
  • Hester's damage to the rose garden was surely of the stature of a tradition; her absence, and Owen's, seemed ominous to me.
    p. 512.5
  • "I'm going to leave you alone with your thoughts, now," she would tell us ominously—as if our thoughts were capable of driving us over the edge.
    p. 5.4
  • I hung back on the threshold of this awkwardness, keeping an eye on the ominous shopping bag, imagining that it had moved, a little—or that a mystery pet would suddenly materialize beside it and either eat, or be eaten by, the contents of the bag.
    p. 49.2
  • For this chore of supplying a fresh, silent baby to the manger—in an instant—an extended line of ominous-looking grown-ups reached into the shadows beyond the pulpit, behind the purple-and-maroon curtains, under the cross.
    p. 154.2
  • But the creche's most ominous message was that the little Lord Jesus himself was missing; the crib was empty—that was why the Virgin Mary had turned her mutilated face away; why one angel dashed its harp, and another screamed in anguish; why Joseph had lost a hand, and the cow a leg.
    p. 187.4
  • Hidden from the congregation's view, but ominously visible to us, Barb Wiggin seized the controls of the angel-lowering apparatus like a heavy-equipment operator about to attack the terra firma with a backhoe.
    p. 219.9
  • There was—at the very least—some ominous connection between Lydia's death and what Owen "saw"; the powers of "that boy" went far beyond the powers of the imagination.
    p. 254.2
  • Owen and I were not very knowledgeable of the geography of the country's rich and exclusive; when a Jewish kid from Highland Park, Illinois, told us that there were "no Jews allowed" in Lake Forest, Owen and I began to wonder what ominous kind of small private day school in Lake Forest our new headmaster had come from.
    p. 322.2
  • If Owen had told me about his dream, I might have found the hymn especially ominous; but as it was, it was simply familiar—a frequent choice, probably be cause it was victorious in tone, and squarely in that category of "pilgrimage and conflict," which is often so inspiring to young men.
    p. 420.9

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