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 ?
He caught the color of what was passing about him, and threw it back more vividly than he received it, but mixed, nevertheless, with a lurid and portentous hue.
He would delight them equally by his anecdotes of witchcraft, and of the direful omens and portentous sights and sounds in the air, which prevailed in the earlier times of Connecticut; and would frighten them woefully with speculations upon comets and shooting stars; and with the alarming fact that the world did absolutely turn round, and that they were half the time topsy-turvy!
Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity.
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.
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.
Tom drew an hour-glass with a full moon and straw limbs to it and armed the spreading fingers with a portentous fan.
I will tell you in your private ear," replied she, wagging her turban three times with portentous significancy.
There was a portentous composure in Frank's manner which showed that he had other news to communicate than the news of his dismissal.
Those allied powers were considerably astonished, when they arrived within a few minutes of each other, to find an unknown lady of portentous appearance, sitting before the fire, with her bonnet tied over her left arm, stopping her ears with jewellers' cotton.
There was something charmingly cordial and engaging in the manner in which after saying "Now, Handel," as if it were the grave beginning of a portentous business exordium, he had suddenly given up that tone, stretched out his honest hand, and spoken like a schoolboy.
Was it not the most portentous symbol of modern history?
But scarce was this done ere the portentous strength of the Black Knight forced his way inward in despite of De Bracy and his followers.