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.
That would surely be ominous, pronounced
/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.