I'm very dyslectic, and English is not my native language, I'm looking for the spelling of a word that I'm pretty sure exists, but I'm starting to have my doubts as I can't seem to find it anywhere. The word sounds like (I think) au-menace, with 'au' as in 'audience', and then menace. Or maybe it's rather more like awe-menace, where 'awe' is like in 'awesome'. In any case, the word means, if I'm not mistaken, menacing (an an adjective) but in a sort of looming, impending or imposing way.

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    English is not your native language and yet you post a question correctly using such relatively obscure words as looming and impending? Kudos to you! – terdon Aug 29 '13 at 13:51
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    Would the people closevoting as “General Reference” kindly explain how in the world the OP is expected to look a word whose spelling he does not know? Kindly show us the General Reference that allows for the necessary lazy/approximate/fuzzy phonetic matching, because I’d really like to use it—and I bet a lot of other people would too. Even better, would the people closevoting as “Primarily Opinion-Based” kindly explain how it is that spelling has come to be an unanswerable matter primarily of mere opinion, impression, conjecture, hypothesis, attitude, speculation, and viewpoint? – tchrist Aug 30 '13 at 21:51

That would surely be ominous, pronounced /ˈɒmɪnəs/, /ˈɑmɪnəs/, or /ˈɔmɪnəs/, depending. It is related to the word omen, and per the OED means:

  • Of the nature of an omen, serving to foretell the future, presaging events to come, portentous.
  • Of ill omen, foreboding evil, inauspicious.
  • I know I wasn't making this up, just mistaken the source, thought it came from menace... Thanks, this word actually fits better then I thought. – pseudoDust Aug 28 '13 at 22:56

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