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Of the nature of or constituting a portent; foreboding:
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  1. Of the nature of or constituting a portent; foreboding:
  2. Marked by pompousness; pretentiously weighty.
  3. Full of unspecifiable significance; exciting wonder and awe:
Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
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  1. Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
  2. Repellent or horrifying:
  3. Appearing stern, forbidding, harsh, etc.
Threatening harm, evil, or misfortune; ominous; portentous
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  1. Threatening harm, evil, or misfortune; ominous; portentous
  2. Portending misfortune or disaster; ominous:
  3. Wicked, evil, or dishonest, esp. in some dark, mysterious way
Sullen or threatening:
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  1. Sullen or threatening:
  2. Almost black
  3. Reflecting only a small fraction of incident light; tending toward black:
Very dark
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  1. Very dark
  2. Being of the color black, producing or reflecting comparatively little light and having no predominant hue.
  3. Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor:
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  1. That lowers or frowns.
  2. Scowling; frowning darkly
  3. Dark, as if about to rain or snow; overcast
Calling to mind sexual desire or sex acts:
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  1. Calling to mind sexual desire or sex acts:
  2. Tending to suggest something considered improper or indecent; risqué
  3. Conveying a hint or suggestion:
Calling for quick action; urgent
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  1. Calling for quick action; urgent
  2. Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous:
  3. Arousing terror or causing extreme distress; dreadful; terrible
Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.
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  1. Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.
  2. Inspiring dread; terrible.
Showing or filled with gloom:
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  1. Showing or filled with gloom:
  2. Partially or totally dark, especially dismal and dreary:
  3. Imperfectly illuminated; dismal through obscurity or darkness; dusky; dim; clouded.
Often recurring to the mind and typically evoking poignant feelings
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  1. Often recurring to the mind and typically evoking poignant feelings
Involving peril or risk; dangerous
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  1. Involving peril or risk; dangerous
  2. Full of or involving peril; dangerous or risky.
Ill-fated; unlucky.
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  1. Ill-fated; unlucky.
  2. Unlucky or doomed to disaster
  3. Doomed to a bad fate; hapless
Causing misfortune; unlucky
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  1. Causing misfortune; unlucky
  2. Having or certain to have an evil fate or unlucky end
  3. Unlucky; doomed.
Causing or capable of causing fear; frightening:
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  1. Causing or capable of causing fear; frightening:
  2. Extreme, as in degree or extent. Used especially of something negative:
  3. Showing or resulting from fear
Unknown, surrounded in mystery.
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  1. Unknown, surrounded in mystery.
  2. Filled with clouds.
Not favorable; not auspicious.
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  1. Not favorable; not auspicious.
  2. Not auspicious; unfavorable; unlucky; ill-omened
  3. Not auspicious; ill-omened; unfortunate; unlucky; unfavorable.
Subjected to or marked by misfortune:
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  1. Subjected to or marked by misfortune:
  2. Unfortunate, marked by misfortune
  3. Resulting or likely to result in misfortune; inauspicious:
Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy:
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  1. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy:
  2. Of, having the nature of, or containing a prophecy
  3. Foretelling events as if by divine inspiration:
Characterized by predictions of or allusions to a disastrous outcome:
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  1. Characterized by predictions of or allusions to a disastrous outcome:
  2. Of or constituting a culminating or decisive event, turning point, etc., esp. one that is unsettling or threatening
  3. Relating to or predicting the end of the world, especially as described in the Bible or another religious text.
Characterized by foreboding
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  1. Characterized by foreboding
  2. Ominous.
  1. Presenting a threat; menacing; frightening.
  2. Gving warning signs of bad weather:
  3. Causing the feeling that one's power, social standing, or self-esteem is in danger of being diminished:
Unpleasant; disagreeable:
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  1. Unpleasant; disagreeable:
  2. Highly unpleasant or disagreeable
  3. Having a menacing aspect:
(Archaic) Revealing what is to come; prophetic
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  1. (Archaic) Revealing what is to come; prophetic
  2. Momentous, significant, setting or sealing ones fate.
  3. Having important consequences; often, specif., bringing death or destruction
Harmful or threatening harm or evil; ominous; deadly
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  1. Harmful or threatening harm or evil; ominous; deadly
  2. Portending evil; ominous:
  3. Miserable, wretched, distressed, suffering.
Of or constituting a culminating or decisive event, turning point, etc., esp. one that is unsettling or threatening
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  1. Of or constituting a culminating or decisive event, turning point, etc., esp. one that is unsettling or threatening
  2. Characterized by predictions of or allusions to a disastrous outcome:
  3. Relating to or predicting the end of the world, especially as described in the Bible or another religious text.
Portending harm; ominous.
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  1. Portending harm; ominous.
  2. Causing harm, ruin, or death; harmful.
Calling for quick action; urgent
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  1. Calling for quick action; urgent
  2. Arousing terror or causing extreme distress; dreadful; terrible
  3. Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous:
Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.
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  1. Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.
  2. Inspiring dread; terrible.
Determined in advance by fate, fated.
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  1. Determined in advance by fate, fated.
  2. Having important consequences; often, specif., bringing death or destruction
  3. Momentous, significant, setting or sealing ones fate.
Characterized by an impassioned emphasis on damnation and eternal punishment
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  1. Characterized by an impassioned emphasis on damnation and eternal punishment
(--- Theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal
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  1. (--- Theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal
  2. Dignified and somber in conduct or character:
  3. Fraught with danger or harm:
Of momentous or ominous significance.
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  1. Of momentous or ominous significance.
  2. Marked by pompousness; pretentiously weighty.
  3. Full of unspecifiable significance; exciting wonder and awe:
Subjected to or marked by misfortune:
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  1. Subjected to or marked by misfortune:
  2. Unfortunate, marked by misfortune
  3. Resulting or likely to result in misfortune; inauspicious:

Synonym Study

  • Foreboding implies a portent or presentiment of something evil or harmful a foreboding anxiety
  • Fateful may imply a fatal character or control by fate, but is now usually applied to that which is of momentous or decisive significance a fateful decision
  • Portentous may imply a foreshadowing, esp. of evil, but is now more often used of that which arouses awe or amazement because of its prodigious or marvelous character a portentous event
  • Ominous implies a threatening character but does not necessarily connote a disastrous outcome the request was met by an ominous silence
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