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Meaning of PORTENT

Pronunciation:  'powrtent

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle"

PORTENT is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: omen, presage, prognostic, prognostication
 See Also: augury, auspice, death knell, foreboding, foretoken, preindication, sign



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Por*tent"\ (?; 277), n. [L. portentum. See {Portend}.]
That which portends, or foretoken; esp., that which portends
evil; a sign of coming calamity; an omen; a sign. --Shak.

      My loss by dire portents the god foretold. --Dryden.

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