Un-ominously

ominous

[om-uh-nuhs]
adjective
1.
portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious: an ominous bank of dark clouds.
2.
indicating the nature of a future event, for good or evil; having the significance of an omen; being a portent: Some of these events were immediately ominous, while others only later revealed themselves as such.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin ōminōsus portentous, equivalent to ōmin- (stem of ōmen) omen + -ōsus -ous

ominously, adverb
ominousness, noun
unominous, adjective
unominously, adverb
unominousness, noun


Ominous, portentous, threatening, menacing, fateful are adjectives describing that which forebodes a serious, significant, and often harmful outcome. Ominous derived from omen “a predictor of outcomes,” usually suggests evil or damaging eventualities: ominous storm clouds; an ominous silence. Portentous although it may suggest evil results, often stresses a momentous or very important outcome: a portentous moment in history; a portentous escalation of hostilities. Threatening may suggest calamity or great harm but sometimes mere unpleasantness: a threatening rumble from the volcano; A threatening look from his brother caused him to quickly change the subject. Menacing always suggests serious damage as an outcome: a disease menacing the entire population; He advanced with a menacing swagger. Fateful most often stresses the great or decisive importance of what it describes: a fateful encounter between two future leaders; a fateful day that changed our world.
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ominous (ˈɒmɪnəs)
 
adj
1.  foreboding evil
2.  serving as or having significance as an omen
 
[C16: from Latin ōminōsus, from omen]
 
'ominously
 
adv
 
'ominousness
 
n

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ominous
1580s, from L. ominosus "full of foreboding," from omen (gen. ominis) "foreboding" (see omen).
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