Portentous - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pɔːrˈtentəs|  American pronunciation of the word portentous
Brit.  |pɔːˈtɛntəs|  British pronunciation of the word portentous

adjective

- of momentous or ominous significance(syn: prodigious)

such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity

- ominously prophetic (syn: fateful, foreboding)
- puffed up with vanity (syn: grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, pontifical)

Examples

...an eerie and portentous stillness hung over the camp the night before the battle...

...in 1969 people regarded the first landing on the moon as a truly portentous event...

Recent developments are as portentous as the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity

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