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portentous

[pawr-ten-tuhs, pohr-]
adjective
1.
of the nature of a portent; momentous.
2.
ominously significant or indicative: a portentous defeat.
3.
marvelous; amazing; prodigious.

Origin:
1530–40; < Latin portentōsus. See portent, -ous

portentously, adverb
portentousness, noun
nonportentous, adjective
nonportentously, adverb
nonportentousness, noun
unportentous, adjective
unportentously, adverb
unportentousness, noun

portentous, pretentious.


1, 2. See ominous. 2. unpropitious, inauspicious, threatening.
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portentous (pɔːˈtɛntəs)
 
adj
1.  of momentous or ominous significance
2.  miraculous, amazing, or awe-inspiring; prodigious
3.  self-important or pompous
 
por'tentously
 
adv
 
por'tentousness
 
n

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portentous
1530s, from L. portentosus, from portentem (see portend).
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