bad omen

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bad omen

A sign, either real or imagined, of ill fortune or catastrophe in the future. It was a bad omen when my girlfriend broke up with me the day before my final exams. All of the recent natural disasters are a bad omen for the future of the planet.
See also: bad, omen
References in classic literature ?
Then Dorian looked at Lord Henry and said, with a heavy sigh, "It is a bad omen, Harry, a very bad omen.
If I was superstitious, I should think that horrid darkness a bad omen for the future.
Don't look away from me to that cloven tree; it is a bad omen.
They were both overturned in a stage-coach the other day (a bad omen anywhere else, where overturns are not so common), and his head, which bears the marks of a recent wound, is bound up still.
1] Among the Zulus it is a very bad omen for a dog to climb the roof
I had thought I should have been allowed at least 3 days to prepare; but it is a bad omen to commence any career by hesitation, so I just stepped to the professor's desk near which we stood, and faced the circle of my pupils.
Julie trembled at this request, which seemed to her of bad omen.
The heroe of this great history appears with very bad omens.
cried Porthos, "like the crows, you always bring bad omens.
Such joss paper is normally only meant to be used in ritual sacrifices to ancestors and deities, but never as decoration because it would be seen as a bad omen or curse.
The senseless killings going on in some parts of our country is a bad omen to our corporate existence as a nation.
Our health system has many flaws that are still unheeded and are a bad omen for the country's future.
Layla thinks that this accident is a bad omen for her unborn child.
And while we'll all be looking up to glimpse the celestial wonder, anyone harboring ill-will towards the Jews better beware: a solar eclipse is a very bad omen for anti-Semites.
The win could be a bad omen for Germany, however, as no team has ever won the World Cup after lifting the Confederations Cup the year before.