• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Portentive Presaging; foreshadowing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • portentive Portentous.
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  • Peter Conrad
    Peter Conrad
    “The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.”


In literature:

PORTENT, marvel, prodigy; sinister omen.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
Silence of the young day hung in the palisade, a silence that cut the soul with its tragic portent.
"The Maid of the Whispering Hills" by Vingie E. Roe
PORTENT, marvel, prodigy; sinister omen.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Such was the matter-of-fact manner in which the portentous news was announced.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The very calmness of their argument had been portentous.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
To all men come portentous moments, difficult moments, triumphant moments.
"The Masquerader" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
They had escaped from his burdened soul when he heard of another portent, of which a ship from Ostia had brought tidings.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
It must be something portentous and terrible; of that there could be no doubt; and ere long Paula's fears were justified.
"The Bride of the Nile, Complete" by Georg Ebers
They had him, but it was like getting hold of an apparition, a wraith, a portent.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
His companion frowned portentously.
"The Evil Shepherd" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

But, just in this quiescent state
A little cloud arose
Portentous of our certain fate--
As everybody knows;
Our pastor took it in his head
His "resignation" must be read.
"Without A Minister" by Hattie Howard
The sun with sullen and portentous gleam
Hung like a menace on the sea's extreme;
Nor the dead waters, nor the far, bleak bars
Of cloud were conscious of his failing beam.
"The Passing Show" by Ambrose Bierce
Thus taught, they waited long the Great Event,
Foresaw the Day, Amaz'd at the Portent:
Stupendous Grace and Power they view'd, Ador'd
The Sov'rain GOD, and Pry'd into his Word.
"A Poem on Elijahs'Translation, Occasion'd" by Benjamin Colman
OF strange events I sing, and portents dire;
The wond'rous themes a reverent ear require;
Tho' strange the tale, the faithful Muse believe,
And what she says with pious awe receive.
"The Groans Of The Tankard" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
But when, portentous 'mid the storms of war,
Glared Public danger; when, with withering din,
The spoil-flush'd foe strode furious from afar;
And direr dread! Rebellion raged within:
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
"They ask no portentous pile, boasting to a heedless sky,
Stirring men a little while,
Subject, then, for sigh or smile,
Not for this do soldiers die,
With our passing let Pride be,
All we ask is Memory:
"Anzac Square: What The Digger Said" by C J Dennis

In news:

Cryptic markings are a portent of creative destruction to come KLH Eye.
Take a collection of stories, connect them through portentous themes and watch it all spin.
Spurs uniforms a portent of things to come.
S & P: Silly and Portentous or maybe Preposterous .
One, the sonogram slow-down, of sorts, is probably a portent.
Studies portentously estimate that it costs US industry maybe $150 billion a year.
The tasks that the congress has supposedly set itself are equally portentous.
The day dawned gray and chilly, a portent of winter's proximity.
Nonetheless, this is a good portent.
Girls Not Coming of Age If Girls is a portent, we're in trouble.
A portentous study early last year itemized the economic impact of developing oil and gas from the Utica Shale formation that's located several thousand feet below Ohio's farmlands.
While portentous power maneuvers go on in the ruling circles of Pyongyang, you hear far less about them in North Korea than in South Korea.
Director/writer Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) specializes in atmosphere over shock, and in Retribution he establishes a mood of eerie portent early on but never really delivers on his setup.
If the title of her new album is a tad portentous, Shelby Lynne is determined to make precisely detailed mood music, not a succession of revelatory moments, throughout Revelation Road.
Articles and essays with portentous titles such as The Death of Cinema have been popping up for more than a year now, implying that the medium is on the verge of extinction.

In science:

Les r´esultats math´ematiques existants portent sur le cas mono-dimensionnel et le r´egime de faisceaux ´etroits .
Time Reversal for Classical Waves in Random Media