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 ?
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.
Louis surveyed me with his shrewd grey eyes, and shook his head portentously.
The lamps across his streets had a portentously elastic swing with them.
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.
No doubt we two should find many things to talk about by ourselves in reference to our common calling, added little Fyne portentously in his grave undertones, as if the Mercantile Marine were a secret society.
With which parting injunction, slowly and portentously delivered, the doctor departed, leaving the whole house in admiration of that wisdom which tallied so closely with their own.
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.
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.
In the mean time Blanche remained portentously quiet in the upper regions of the house; while Lady Lundie steadily pursued her inquiries down stairs.
As she entered and closed the door on herself, he sank down in a chair, and gazed and sighed and puffed portentously.
Usually the "heroic fugitive" (this name was bestowed upon him in a review of the English edition of his book)--the " heroic fugitive " accompanied her, sitting, portentously bearded and darkly bespectacled, not by her side, but opposite her, with his back to the horses.