Something which portends or is perceived to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; an augury or foreboding.
- the ghost's appearance was an ill omen
- a rise in imports might be an omen of recovery
* 1856 , (Gustave Flaubert), (Madame Bovary), Part III Chapter X, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
- the egg has, during the span of history, represented mystery, magic, medicine, food and omen
- Day broke. He saw three black hens asleep in a tree. He shuddered, horrified at this omen . Then he promised the Holy Virgin three chasubles for the church, and that he would go barefooted from the cemetery at Bertaux to the chapel of Vassonville.
- a sign of ill omen
* Adjectives often applied to "omen": good, ill, bad, auspicious, evil, favorable, happy, lucky.
* portent, sign, signal, token, forewarning, warning, danger sign, foreshadowing, prediction, forecast, prophecy, harbinger, augury, auspice, presage, straw in the wind, (hand)writing on the wall, indication, hint, foretoken; see also
To be an omen of.
To divine or predict from omens.
* prognosticate, betoken, forecast, foretell, portend, foreshadow, bode, augur, prefigure, predict, auspicate, presage
(informal, veterinary medicine) Cleaning and polishing of an animal's teeth.