Definition of Portentous

1. Adjective. Of momentous or ominous significance. "A prodigious vision"

Exact synonyms: Prodigious
Similar to: Important, Significant
Derivative terms: Portent, Prodigy



2. Adjective. Ominously prophetic.
Exact synonyms: Fateful, Foreboding
Similar to: Prophetic, Prophetical
Derivative terms: Portent

3. Adjective. Puffed up with vanity. "Pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"
Exact synonyms: Grandiloquent, Overblown, Pompous, Pontifical
Similar to: Pretentious
Derivative terms: Pomp, Pomposity, Pompousness

Definition of Portentous

1. a. Of the nature of a portent; containing portents; foreshadowing, esp. foreshadowing ill; ominous.

Definition of Portentous

1. Adjective. Of momentous or ominous significance. ¹

2. Adjective. Ominously prophetic. ¹

3. Adjective. Puffed up with vanity. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Portentous

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Portentous

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

Literary usage of Portentous

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"See also portentous. portentous portentous has as its earliest sense “relating ... Here we have a few examples: the dreadful omens and portentous sights and ..."

2. The Historical Writings of John Fiske by John Fiske (1902)
"The outlook in the direction of Massachusetts Bay portentous was truly portentous. For some time after the coming of Peter Minuit, ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"32) Every hour produced some horrid tale of strange and portentous accidents : the Pagans deplored the neglect of omens, and the interruption of sacrifices ..."

4. The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U. S. A., in the Rocky Mountains and by Washington Irving (1849)
"SHOWING THE GREAT ADVANTAGE THAT THE AUTH01 OYER HIS READER IN TIME OF BATTLE TOGETHER DIVERS portentous MOVEMENTS; WHICH BETOKEN SOMETHING TERRIBLE IS ..."

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