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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 ?
The heroe of this great history appears with very bad omens. A little tale of so LOW a kind that some may think it not worth their notice.
"Ah, my friend!" cried Porthos, "like the crows, you always bring bad omens. Who could intercept us on such a night as this, pitch dark, when one does not see more than twenty yards before one?"
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. Why did her father ask for this key which she always kept, and which was only taken from her in childhood as a punishment?
Right from the very start the bad omens were identified when the Holyrood building ended up costing PS420,000,000 instead of just PS43,000,000.
The more than 50 elders chanted Samburu prayers while sprinkling milk on the county offices to rid the administration of bad omens.
They said the project was being constructed on the fringes of the nation's largest metropolis, which was already facing grave problems of basic amenities apart from environmental and health hazards; and the presence of another city would bring only bad omens for the people of southern Sindh.
I heard someone say "That's a good omen," and I immediately thought two things: I wonder what the ratio of people referring to bad omens is to people who refer to good ones; and "Jeez, J.B., you should stop eavesdropping on conversations, but it's your nature to do so and that's where you get your best column material."
'The Malays seek the help of bomohs to cure their mysterious illness and to get charms, the Chinese usually visits them to get rid of bad omens and the Indians go to them in hope of changing their fate.
When the Sky Began to Scream The only Tunisian film in the competition, it is by Filmmaker Kays Mejri and focuses on belief in good and bad omens. Layla and Samy get lost on one of the roads and they meet a number of gravediggers.