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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin ōmen (foreboding, omen).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈəʊmən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈoʊmən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊmən

NounEdit

omen (plural omens)

 
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  1. 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 economic recovery
    the egg has, during the span of history, represented mystery, magic, medicine, food and omen
    • 1856, Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter X, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
      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.
  2. prophetic significance
    a sign of ill omen

Usage notesEdit

  • Adjectives often applied to "omen": good, ill, bad, auspicious, evil, favorable, happy, lucky.

SynonymsEdit

  • 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 Thesaurus:omen

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TranslationsEdit

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VerbEdit

omen (third-person singular simple present omens, present participle omening, simple past and past participle omened)

  1. (transitive) To be an omen of.
  2. (intransitive) To divine or predict from omens.

SynonymsEdit

  • prognosticate, betoken, forecast, foretell, portend, foreshadow, bode, augur, prefigure, predict, auspicate, presage

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Further readingEdit

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Latin osmen, of uncertain ultimate origin. Ancient authors derived it from ōs (mouth). Recently it was by some referred to Proto-Indo-European *h₂ew- (to see, perceive) (whence audiō)[1] or to the source of Ancient Greek Ancient Greek οἴομαι (oíomai, I think, believe, suppose)[2].

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ōmen n (genitive ōminis); third declension

  1. an omen

InflectionEdit

Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ōmen ōmina
Genitive ōminis ōminum
Dative ōminī ōminibus
Accusative ōmen ōmina
Ablative ōmine ōminibus
Vocative ōmen ōmina

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • English: omen
  • German: Omen
  • Norwegian:
    • Norwegian Bokmål: omen
    • Norwegian Nynorsk: omen

ReferencesEdit

  • omen in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • omen in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • omen in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • omen in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to wish prosperity to an undertaking: aliquid optimis ominibus prosequi (vid. sect. VI. 11., note Prosequi...)
    • and may heaven avert the omen! heaven preserve us from this: quod di immortales omen avertant! (Phil. 44. 11)
    • to accept as a happy omen: omen accipere (opp. improbare)
    • to interpret something as an omen: accipere, vertere aliquid in omen
    • with favourable omens: faustis ominibus
    • an evil omen; presage of ill: omen infaustum, triste
  • omen in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  1. ^ “omen” in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, →ISBN.
  2. ^ Watkins, Calvert (1985) The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin omen

NounEdit

omen n (definite singular omenet, indefinite plural omen or omener or omina, definite plural omena or omenene or ominaene)

  1. an omen

ReferencesEdit


Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin omen

NounEdit

omen n (definite singular omenet, indefinite plural omen, definite plural omena)

  1. an omen

ReferencesEdit


Old PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

omen m

  1. Alternative form of ome