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Word of the Day: ominous Obtain US

The word ominous has appeared in 339 articles on in the past year, including on May 1 in “An Art Professor Says A.I. Is the Future. It’s the Students Who Need Convincing” by Zachary Small:

The evening started with a provocation. Weiler asked everyone to close their eyes and imagine what values should be passed onto the future. Then the students broke into groups and came up to a podium to pitch their A.I.-generated artworks.

Zhang and her teammates adopted an ominous tone in “Dream Apocalypse,” an hourlong immersive experience that used A.I. to imagine a world where society has crumbled. They described it in their pitch as “‘Your greatest nightmare’ meets ‘Inception’ meets ‘Russian Doll’ meets Sisyphus.” Audiences would confront their fears, prompted by apocalyptic images from Midjourney, like one featuring a child gazing at the mushroom cloud of a nuclear blast.

Can you correctly use the word ominous in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

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If you want a better idea of how ominous can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on

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