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Meaning of PORTENTOUS

Pronunciation:  powr'tentus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek
  2. [adj]  of ominous significance
  3. [adj]  of momentous or ominous significance; "such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity"- Herman Melville; "a prodigious vision"
 

PORTENTOUS is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: fateful, foreboding(a), grandiloquent, important, overblown, pompous, pontifical, pretentious, prodigious, prophetic, prophetical, significant
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Por*tent"ous\, a. [L. portentosus.]
1. Of the nature of a portent; containing portents;
   foreshadowing, esp. foreshadowing ill; ominous.

         For, I believe, they are portentous things. --Shak.

         Victories of strange and almost portentous splendor.
                                               --Macaulay.

2. Hence: Monstrous; prodigious; wonderful; dreadful; as, a
   beast of portentous size. --Roscommon. --
   {Por*tent"ous*ly}, adv. -- {Por*tent"ous*ness}, n.

 
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