portentous portentous  /pɔr ˈtɛn təs/


  1. (adj) of momentous or ominous significance
  2. (adj) ominously prophetic
  3. (adj) puffed up with vanity


  1. It is only at the very end that Christianity makes a brief but portentous appearance, aboard a fleet of Spanish ships that appears suddenly on the horizon.
  2. Twenty years she has squatted there; eyes accustomed to the landscape are beginning to recognize something portentous in her massive outline.
  3. And Coixet has a tendency to linger on some of her scenes, giving them an unnecessary, darkly portentous quality.


  1. Chinese president: My country also hit by hackers

    RANCHO MIRAGE, CA - Though portentous issues were on the table, Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping began their second and final day of talks with a gentle stroll on the idyllic grounds of Sunnylands, a lush and verdant 200-acre estate in this desert resort community.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: KAJ Flathead

  2. E3: Announcement Trailer for Dying Light!

    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today revealed the announcement trailer for Dying Light , a first-person, action survival horror video game with a portentous day-night cycle set in a vast open world. Currently under development by Techland, the game will be available in 2014 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Coming Soon


  1. "I started to worry a little bit because we were very close," Day-Lewis said, "and I thought, 'Man, how's he going to feel when I start treating him harshly?' So I kind of sat him down. I created this sort of atmosphere . . . portentous...
    on Dec 20, 2007 By: Daniel Day-Lewis Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "There was an unspeakable something, a portentous significancy in the firmament," Orson Hyde said. "O, the repulsive chill! The melancholy vibrations of the very air, as the prince of darkness receded in hopeful triumph from the scene of...
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Orson Hyde Source: Mormon Times

  3. Michiko Kakutani called it a "piercing first novel," and described it in her review in The New York Times as "by turns lyrical and portentous, ferocious and elegiacal:a small but powerful opera in the unexpected form of a novel."
    on Jul 22, 2009 By: Michiko Kakutani Source: Los Angeles Times

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