Definition: threatening; of an evil omen
Definition: threatening; of an evil omen
Sentences Containing 'ominous'
An ominous crowd gathered to see him dismount of the posting yard, and many voices called out loudly,``Down with the emigrant!''
The Knitting Done In that same juncture of time when the Fifty Two awaited their fate Madame Defarge held darkly ominous council with The Vengeance and Jacques Three of the Revolutionary Jury.
This silence became more and more awful, more and more ominous, every moment.
For instance`At 4o'clock ominous clouds began to gather in the south east, and presently from the Gulf there came a blow which increased in severity every moment.
A greenish pallor spread over the count's cheeks, and his eyes became bloodshot at these terrible imputations, which were listened to by the assembly with ominous silence.
The audience felt that a startling revelation was to follow this ominous prelude.
No words ominous (said he) that signify anything that is natural: in very truth and deed not more ominous than this, 'to cut down grapes when they are ripe.'
The night was, as has been said, dark, and they had happened to reach a spot in among some tall trees, whose leaves stirred by a gentle breeze made a low ominous sound; so that, what with the solitude, the place, the darkness, the noise of the water, and the rustling of the leaves, everything inspired awe and dread; more especially as they perceived that the strokes did not cease, nor the wind lull, nor morning approach; to all which might be added their ignorance as to where they were.
As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought over it all, from the extraordinary story of the red-headed copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg Square, and the ominous words with which he had parted from me.
Out of the window he must apparently have gone for no other exit could be discovered, and the ominous bloodstains upon the sill gave little promise that he could save himself by swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of the tragedy.
I knew enough of Mr. Micawber by this time, to foresee that he might be expected to recover the blow; but my night's rest was sorely distressed by thoughts of Traddles, and of the curate's daughter, who was one of ten, down in Devonshire, and who was such a dear girl, and who would wait for Traddles (ominous praise!) until she was sixty, or any age that could be mentioned.
When one of them is born, it is reckoned ominous, and their birth is recorded very particularly so that you may know their age by consulting the register, which, however, has not been kept above a thousand years past, or at least has been destroyed by time or public disturbances.
Coffin?--Spouter?--Rather ominous in that particular connexion, thought I.
While in various silent ways the seamen of the Pequod were evincing their observance of this ominous incident at the first mere mention of the White Whale's name to another ship, Ahab for a moment paused; it almost seemed as though he would have lowered a boat to board the stranger, had not the threatening wind forbade.
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::: desperate - having lost all hope; despairing; reckless and violent because of loss of hope or despair; undertaken as a last resort
::: gratify - please; satisfy; Ex. gratify a desire
::: careen - lurch; sway from side to side; move with irregular swinging movement; stagger
::: nugatory - worthless; futile
::: disparity - difference; condition of inequality; OP. parity
::: piety - devoutness; reverence for God; ADJ. pious
::: niggardly - meanly stingy; parsimonious; N. niggard: stingy person
::: dapper - neat and trim (in appearance); (of small men) neat in appearance and quick in movements; neat; spry
::: articulate - effective; distinct; expressing ideas clearly; having clear sounds; having joints; Ex. articulate speech; V: express thoughts and feeling clearly; pronounce clearly; unite by joints