/ˈpɔr tɛnt, ˈpoʊr-/
an indication or omen of something about to happen, especially something momentous.
threatening or disquieting significance:
an occurrence of dire portent.
a prodigy or marvel.
sign, token, noun use of neuter of
past participle of
augury, warning. See
a sign or indication of a future event, esp a momentous or calamitous one; omen
momentous or ominous significance:
a cry of dire portent
a miraculous occurrence; marvel
[C16: from Latin
sign, omen, from
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The entire film is shot through with a sense of gravity and portent.
The composition of the committee turned out to be a portent of things to come.
Their arrival coincides with an earthquake, which shatters the city and offers an ominous portent for their mission.
It's not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already underway.
One encouraging portent is that more people are using the railway network.
To the superstitious and high-strung Athenians the event seemed a calamitous portent.
It is too soon to know whether the warm spell was a fluke or a portent, Nghiem said.
What is genuinely in doubt is whether that is but a burr in the two nations' broader relationship, or a portent.
So there's the obligatory prologue with a portent of danger.
He was entirely fearless, describing each new movement and phase of the portent to be noted down exactly as he observed them.
The stars have run their fiery courses to their proper places, positioned with elegant cunning, possessed of noble portent.
It is also a fable, a day dream, a magic portent and a blue sky flight of imagination.
It is not known if these interviews would have added portent information to this report.
Other indicators of possible toxic events or the portent thereof are also used.
Seems that every aspiring prophet and apprentice since has recognized the portent of a good stick.
One portent of the end of the world is the ascent of the chaos fleet to the surface.