portentous


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por·ten·tous

 (pôr-tĕn′təs)
adj.
1. Of the nature of or constituting a portent; foreboding: "The present aspect of society is portentous of great change" (Edward Bellamy).
2. Full of unspecifiable significance; exciting wonder and awe: "Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity" (Herman Melville).
3. Marked by pompousness; pretentiously weighty.

por·ten′tous·ly adv.
por·ten′tous·ness n.
Usage Note: The last syllable of portentous is properly pronounced (-təs). However, under the influence of words like contentious and pretentious, sometimes this word is pronounced (pôr-tĕn′shəs), as though it were spelled portentious. Both the (-shəs) pronunciation and the spelling with the i (which is occasionally seen in print) are widely considered to be mistakes.

portentous

(pɔːˈtɛntəs)
adj
1. of momentous or ominous significance
2. miraculous, amazing, or awe-inspiring; prodigious
3. self-important or pompous
porˈtentously adv
porˈtentousness n

por•ten•tous

(pɔrˈtɛn təs, poʊr-)

adj.
1. of the nature of a portent; momentous.
2. ominously significant or indicative: a portentous defeat.
3. solemnly self-important; pompous.
4. marvelous; amazing; prodigious.
[1530–40; < Latin portentōsus. See portent, -ous]
por•ten′tous•ly, adv.
por•ten′tous•ness, n.
syn: See ominous.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.portentous - of momentous or ominous significance; "such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity"- Herman Melville; "a prodigious vision"
significant, important - important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a significant contribution"; "significant details"; "statistically significant"
2.portentous - ominously prophetic
prophetic, prophetical - foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention; "prophetic writings"; "prophetic powers"; "words that proved prophetic"
3.portentous - puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"

portentous

adjective
1. pompous, solemn, ponderous, self-important, pontifical There was nothing portentous or solemn about him.

portentous

adjective
Translations

portentous

[pɔːˈtentəs] ADJ
1. (= ominous, prodigious) → portentoso
2. (= pompous) → pomposo

portentous

adj
(= ominous)unheilschwanger
(= grave)gewichtig; (= pompous)bombastisch
(= marvellous)gewaltig

portentous

[pɔːˈtɛntəs] adj (frm) (ominous) → funesto/a; (grave) → solenne, grave; (pompous) → pomposo/a
References in classic literature ?
The appeal was evidently addressed to the Lord Chancellor, who instantly replied, in a shrill monotone, like a little boy repeating the alphabet, "As I was remarking, your Sub-Excellency, this portentous movement--"
Obviously the measurements of a single angle would no longer be sufficient under such portentous circumstances; one's whole life would be taken up in feeling or surveying the perimeter of one's acquaintances.
But come out now, and look at this portentous lower jaw, which seems like the long narrow lid of an immense snuff-box, with a hinge at one end, instead of one side.
Was it not the most portentous symbol of modern history?
Because from such arms conquests come but slowly, long delayed and inconsiderable, but the losses sudden and portentous.
The lieutenant, returning from a tour after a bandage, produced from a hidden receptacle of his mind new and portentous oaths suited to the emergency.
The fact is, that soon after my arrival at the cottage there had occurred to myself an incident so entirely inexplicable, and which had in it so much of the portentous character, that I might well have been excused for regarding it as an omen.
His hands, large and coarse, were plentifully bedecked with rings; and he wore a heavy gold watch-chain, with a bundle of seals of portentous size, and a great variety of colors, attached to it,--which, in the ardor of conversation, he was in the habit of flourishing and jingling with evident satisfaction.
To one who loves the Florence of Dante and Savonarola there is something portentous in such desecration-- portentous and humiliating.
Her subordinates so far complied, as to withdraw their hands from the locks, though the threatening barrels still maintained the portentous levels.
Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity.
as, with a portentous yawn, she laid down her worsted-work and looked listlessly towards the window.