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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 ?
That Himmalehan, salt-sea Mastodon, clothed with such portentousness of unconscious power, that his very panics are more to be dreaded than his most fearless and malicious assaults
35) As this poem pays close attention to cryptic images that flicker between concrete particularity and emblematic portentousness (the definite article of the title could indicate either), it typifies Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics.
The chief danger of Gluck's scraped-out style is portentousness, clanging hollowly; Shapero, so similar in technique and so opposed in temperament, risks swerving entirely into goofiness with no grit, punch lines that deliver quick laughs with easy ironies.
In order to construe a moral emblem, one would need to extract the maxim from the mixture of pratfall and portentousness in the theatrical sequence in which it is articulated.
A listicle is plodding, whether it pretends to levity or portentousness.
This fabricated scene--a cultural intersection--encourages the viewer to assume a role in an unwritten script, but the portentousness of Chong's title suggests there is also a dark side to stealing away.
15) Rhys refers elsewhere in her work to the portentousness of typography.
With 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Kubrick had acquired an unprecedented air of portentousness for a Hollywood filmmaker.
The content of the dialogue is quasi-biblical in its condensation and portentousness.
Tony is uncomfortable with the portentousness of the word "tragedy," but he does use it to characterize the ending he projects for himself, which upsets the expectations for fulfillment and excitement he had started out with as an adolescent (103).
A certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; and there must be a hint, expressed with a seriousness and portentousness becoming its subject, of that most terrible conception of the human brain--a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space.
the latter's gloominess and slinking portentousness, primarily in the first movement (12:42), as adroitly as Kosler did.