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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
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