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  • r  in a portentous manner
    portentously, the engines began to roll

  • Leo and Al then portentously announced that for the first time ever, the Academy Awards ceremony had gone green.
  • Woodwinds murmur and percussion rattles portentously as the sun inches over the horizon.
  • This is the sort of film where the wind portentously rustles leaves only Christine can see moving; where pots and pans rattle on their own; where every door creaks and violins go .
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  • Obama’s Latest Katrina Threatens Doom Once Again
    The Obamacare rollout debacle has officially reached its Katrina Phase, as no less than the New York Times portentously reports that the controversy “raises questions about his competence in the same way that the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina undermined any semblance of Republican efficiency.”
    Nov. 15, 2013 - New York Magazine

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