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  • adj. Attended by, or containing, an omen or omens; as, happy-omened day.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Attended by, or containing, an omen or omens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing or accompanied by an omen or prognostic: chiefly in composition: as, ill-omened.


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  • The pineys are a collection of Appalachian-esque people so inbred and ill-omened they are basically cut off from the rest of the world, both by choice and by circumstance.

    Rabid Reads: "The Pines" by Robert Dunbar

  • Disease, urban contamination and quickened mortality were ill-omened consequences of this noxious abyss.

    Petrol Queen snippet

  • Lord Breon told him that owls were considered ill-omened in some parts; it was said that if an owl landed on one's house three nights in a row and called, someone in the house would die.

    Elephant in the City

  • Friend Porlock is evidently scared out of his senses -- kindly com - pare the writing in the note to that upon its envelope; which was done, he tells us, before this ill-omened visit.


  • The two of them were destined to travel together round the world before Sir Henry had become once more the hale, hearty man that he had been before he became master of that ill-omened estate.

    The Seriously Deranged Writer and the Model Cars

  • Perhaps the thought of that lonely walk across the ill-omened moor was weighing heavily upon his mind.

    The Seriously Deranged Writer and the Model Cars

  • What had seemed at the time an auspicious occasion had turned out to be the most ill-omened event in his life.

    A Girl's Legs Stirring The Air

  • Arthygater Katharos said, A crow is ill omened, such a tharais carrion-eater.


  • Ill-omened were the long months through which you bore them in your womb and thankless your fourteen years of widowhood!

    The Defense

  • “Idle distinguisher that thou art!” said the Abbot Eustace, interrupting him; “what signifies the pretext under which thou dost despoil the house of God? and why at this present emergence will thou insult the master of it by thy ill-omened presence?”

    The Monastery


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