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por·tent

 (pôr′tĕnt′)
n.
1. An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; an omen.
2. Prophetic or threatening significance: signs full of portent.
3. Archaic Something amazing or marvelous; a prodigy.

[Latin portentum, from neuter past participle of portendere, to portend; see portend.]

portent

(ˈpɔːtɛnt)
n
1. a sign or indication of a future event, esp a momentous or calamitous one; omen
2. momentous or ominous significance: a cry of dire portent.
3. a miraculous occurrence; marvel
[C16: from Latin portentum sign, omen, from portendere to portend]

por•tent

(ˈpɔr tɛnt, ˈpoʊr-)

n.
1. an indication or omen of something about to happen, esp. something momentous.
2. threatening or disquieting significance: an occurrence of dire portent.
3. a prodigy or marvel.
[1555–65; < Latin portentum]
syn: See sign.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.portent - a sign of something about to happenportent - a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle"
augury, foretoken, preindication, sign - an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come; "he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from God"
auspice - a favorable omen
foreboding - an unfavorable omen
death knell - an omen of death or destruction

portent

portent

noun
A phenomenon that serves as a sign or warning of some future good or evil:
Idiom: writing on the wall.
Translations
نَذيرُ شُؤْم
předzvěstzlé znamení
varsel
fyrirboîi
ženklas
pareģojumszīme
alâmetbelirti

portent

[ˈpɔːtent] N
1. (= omen) → augurio m, presagio m
a portent of doomun presagio de la catástrofe
2. (= prodigy) → portento m

portent

[ˈpɔːrtɛnt] nprésage m

portent

nZeichen nt, → Omen nt (geh)(of für); a matter of great portent for us alleine Angelegenheit (von) großer Tragweite für uns alle; a portent of things to comeein Vorgeschmack mauf das, was noch bevorsteht; to be a portent of somethingetw ahnen lassen

portent

[ˈpɔːtɛnt] npresagio

portent

(ˈpoːtent) noun
something usually strange and remarkable that warns of some future happening. strange signs and portents.
References in classic literature ?
Outward portents and inward presentiments were his.
the crew singing for joy, that so promising an event should so soon have falsified the evil portents preceding it.
Still, now and then, I received a damping check to my cheerfulness; and was, in spite of myself, thrown back on the region of doubts and portents, and dark conjectures.
No portents now our foes amaze, Forsaken Israel wanders lone; Our fathers would not know =Thy= ways, And =Thou= hast left them to their own.
Traveller's tales Indian lurkers Prognostics of Buckeye Signs and portents The medicine wolf An alarm An ambush The captured provant Triumph of Buckeye Arrival of supplies Grand carouse Arrangements for the year Mr.
Everything seemed dreary: the portents before the birth of Cyrus-- Jewish antiquities--oh dear
Who could have foreseen from it these fearful portents which seemed to threaten violence and discord among the dwellers in The Wilderness?
By them I lost not what I lost; rather by them I gained what I have gained, and with them dwell Copartner in these regions of the World, If not disposer--lend them oft my aid, Oft my advice by presages and signs, And answers, oracles, portents, and dreams, Whereby they may direct their future life.
blown about by the viewless winds'--coming in the storm and darkness with signs and portents, hints of memory and presages of doom?
I asked, with the amused feeling that the days of wonders and portents had not passed away yet.
But did your reverence hear of the portent that was seen last night?
In every Circular or Polygonal household it has been a habit from time immemorial -- and now has become a kind of instinct among the women of our higher classes -- that the mothers and daughters should constantly keep their eyes and mouths towards their husband and his male friends; and for a lady in a family of distinction to turn her back upon her husband would be regarded as a kind of portent, involving loss of STATUS.