portentously


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.portentously - in a portentous manner; "portentously, the engines began to roll"
Translations

portentously

[pɔːˈtentəslɪ] ADV
1. (= ominously) → portentosamente
2. (= pompously) → pomposamente

portentously

adv
(= ominously)unheilschwanger
(= pompously) saygewichtig; he cleared his throat portentouslyer räusperte sich gewichtig
References in classic literature ?
Without giving herself time for a second thought, she rushed into the shop, pale, wild, desperate in gesture and expression, scowling portentously, and looking far better qualified to do fierce battle with a housebreaker than to stand smiling behind the counter, bartering small wares for a copper recompense.
I preternaturally listened; I figured to myself what might portentously be; I wondered if his bed were also empty and he too were secretly at watch.
said Sam, with rueful submission, at the same time winking most Portentously to Andy, whose delight was now very near the explosive point.
Marrable portentously approached the stage, with an open letter in her hand.
The lamps across his streets had a portentously elastic swing with them.
But," said Bazin, yawning portentously, "the ladder is still at the window.
Nioche, clenching his two fists and jerking back his head again, portentously.
Dangerfield nodded two or three times portentously.
They fell for him into categories, they fairly became familiar, the signs, for his own perception, of the alarm his presence and his vigilance created; though leaving him always to remark, portentously, on his probably having formed a relation, his probably enjoying a consciousness, unique in the experience of man.
But by-and-by Nancy, in her attic, became portentously worse, the supposed tumor having indeed given way to the blister, but only wandered to another region with angrier pain.
I thought the best thing I could do would be to put his sock on him again, but as soon as I tried to do so I discovered why Irene had warned me so portentously against taking it off.
In the mean time Blanche remained portentously quiet in the upper regions of the house; while Lady Lundie steadily pursued her inquiries down stairs.