• WordNet 3.6
    • adv portentously in a portentous manner "portentously, the engines began to roll"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • portentously In a portentous manner; ominously; monstrously; wonderfully.
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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:

But I don't heave such portentous sighs at the thought.
"Wives and Daughters" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
The stairs are portentous, Bell!
"Thyrza" by George Gissing
The dinner was portentously dull.
"Denzil Quarrier" by George Gissing
Tea was brought in by portentous, powdered footmen in scarlet and gold.
"The Fortunate Youth" by William J. Locke
Suddenly it loomed portentous in the eye of her mind, terrible, tremendous.
"The Pit" by Frank Norris
Then did mortals dimly guess that something portentous was abroad.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
Always the portent was a shadow behind their interest and amiability and jealousy.
"The Border Legion" by Zane Grey
Silence, profound, portentous, protracted, followed.
"Angel Island" by Inez Haynes Gillmore
Suddenly the room seemed strange, full, charged with terrible portent.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
But he was only nineteen, and she was only sixteen, and the crisis seemed portentous.
"Famous Affinities of History V4" by Lyndon Orr

In poetry:

Encamped beside Life's rushing stream,
In Fancy's misty light,
Gigantic shapes and shadows gleam
Portentous through the night.
"Voices Of The Night : The Beleaguered City" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Avaunt! What news is this I hear
Of portent grim and sinister?
Is he, whose words insult mine ear,
A mere, upstart Prime Minister?
"The Dictator" by C J Dennis
The cannon syllabled his name;
His shadow shifted o'er the land,
Portentous, as at his demand
Successive battalions sprang to flame!
"The Death Of Grant" by Ambrose Bierce
No savage more portentous stain'd
Apulia's spacious wilds with gore;
None fiercer Juba's thirsty land,
Dire nurse of raging lions, bore.
"Horace: Book 1, Ode 22" by Samuel Johnson
Golden rose the house, in the portal I saw
thee, a marvel, carven in subtle stuff, a
portent. Life died down in the lamp and flickered,
caught at the wonder.
"Apparuit" by Ezra Pound
And wrecks passed without sound of bells,
The calyx of death's bounty giving back
A scattered chapter, livid hieroglyph,
The portent wound in corridors of shells.
"At Melville's Tomb" by Harold Hart Crane

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.
That Daryl sure knows his crossbows and pretty flowers that both inspire and portent.
"We Englishmen are very proud of our constitution," Podsnap observes portentously.
Arriving in theaters on the back of a portentous ad campaign, Ridley Scott's Prometheus assumes the air of something more than a summer movie, a blockbuster-with-brains that links the genesis and the ultimate fate of mankind beyond the stars.
Such is Glazer 's prestige, and his reputation for intellectual honesty, that in some liberal precincts his anguished turnaround has been celebrated as a portent of a conservative crack-up, at least on issues of race.
FOOD- THE DISH- Bye, bye little guys: La Cucina's sad farewell a portent .
Navy Sees Gulf Activity As Portent of New Era.
S & P: Silly and Portentous or maybe Preposterous.
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.

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