Definition of Portent

1. Noun. A sign of something about to happen. "He looked for an omen before going into battle"




Definition of Portent

1. n. That which portends, or foretoken; esp., that which portends evil; a sign of coming calamity; an omen; a sign.

Definition of Portent

1. Noun. Something that portends an event about to occur, especially an unfortunate or evil event; an omen. ¹

2. Noun. A portending; significance; as, a howl of dire portent. ¹

3. Noun. Something regarded as portentous; a marvel; prodigy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Portent

1. an omen [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Portent

portcullises
porte-cochere
porte-monnaie
porte cochère
porte cochères
ported
portegue
portegues
portemonnaie
portend
portended
portending
portends
portension
portensions
portent (current term)
portentive
portentous
portentously
portentousness
portents
porteous
porter
porter's beer
porterage
porterages
portered
porteress
porteresses
porterhouse

Literary usage of Portent

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1. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1920)
"Alexander as a portent of World Unity. §1 THE true hero of the story of Alexander is not BO much Alexander as his father Philip. The author of a piece does ..."

2. Proceedings by International Congress of Americanists (1892)
"Ces effigies sont apocryphes ; car elles portent des favoris et des moustaches, et parce qu'elles ont autour du cou une fraise symétriquement ..."

3. The Writings of Bret Harte by Bret Harte (1896)
"CHAPTER II ANOTHER portent THE saloon of the Excelsior was spacious for the size of the vessel, and was furnished in a style superior to most ..."

4. History of the United States of America Under the Constitution by James Schouler (1904)
"The North did not alone watch this portent. Southerners, less identified with the movement, slaveholders of the Gulf, observed it with undisguised dread and ..."

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