portent

  • 1Portent — may refer to:* Portent (divination), a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future * The Portent , a comic book * USS Portent (AM 106), an Auk class minesweeper …

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  • 2portent — [n1] indication, forewarning augury, bodement, boding, caution, clue, foreboding, foreshadowing, foretoken, funny feeling*, handwriting on the wall*, harbinger, hunch, omen, premonition, presage, presentiment, prognostic, prognostication, sign,… …

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  • 3portent — [pôr′tent΄] n. [L portentum < portendere: see PORTEND] 1. something that portends an event about to occur, esp. an unfortunate event; omen 2. a portending; significance [a howl of dire portent] 3. something amazing; marvel …

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  • 4Portent — 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. [1913 Webster] My loss by dire portents the god foretold. Dryden. [1913… …

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  • 5portent — index caution (warning), forerunner, harbinger, indicant, indication, phenomenon (unusual occurrence) …

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  • 6portent — 1560s, from M.Fr. portente, from L. portentum a sign, omen, from neut. of portentus, pp. of portendre (see PORTEND (Cf. portend)) …

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  • 7portent — *foretoken, presage, prognostic, omen, augury Analogous words: presentiment, foreboding, misgiving, *apprehension: forewarning, warning, cautioning or caution (see WARN) …

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  • 8portent — ► NOUN 1) a sign or warning that something momentous or disastrous is likely to happen. 2) archaic an exceptional or wonderful person or thing. ORIGIN Latin portentum omen, token …

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  • 9portent — [[t]pɔ͟ː(r)tent[/t]] portents N COUNT: oft N of n A portent is something that indicates what is likely to happen in the future. [FORMAL] The savage civil war there could be a portent of what s to come in the rest of the region... I hope this is a …

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  • 10portent — por|tent [ˈpo:tent US ˈpo:r ] n literary a sign or warning that something is going to happen = ↑omen portent of ▪ Some people believe the raven is a portent of death …

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  • 11portent — noun 1) a portent of things to come Syn: omen, sign, signal, token, forewarning, warning, foreshadowing, prediction, forecast, prophecy, harbinger, augury, auspice, presage; writing on the wall, indication, hint; l …

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  • 12portent — UK [ˈpɔː(r)tent] / US [ˈpɔrˌtent] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms portent : singular portent plural portents literary a warning or warnings about the future …

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  • 13portent — /pawr tent, pohr /, n. 1. an indication or omen of something about to happen, esp. something momentous. 2. threatening or disquieting significance: an occurrence of dire portent. 3. a prodigy or marvel. [1555 65; < L portentum sign, token, n. use …

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  • 14portent — noun /ˈpɔːtɛnt,ˈpɔɹtɛnt/ a) Something that portends an event about to occur, especially an unfortunate or evil event; an omen. b) A portending; significance; as, a howl of dire portent. See Also: portend, portentous …

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  • 15portent — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. wonder, marvel, phenomenon; sign, foreshadowing, foreboding, omen, token; importance, meaning. See prediction, warning. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. omen, clue, token, caution; see sign 1 , warning . III&#8230; …

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  • 16portent — noun (C) literary a sign or warning that something is going to happen (+ of): This was a striking portent of things to come. compare omen …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17portent — por•tent [[t]ˈpɔr tɛnt, ˈpoʊr [/t]] n. 1) an indication or omen of something about to happen, esp. something momentous 2) threatening or disquieting significance: an occurrence of dire portent[/ex] 3) a prodigy or marvel • Etymology: 1555–65;&#8230; …

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  • 18portent — /ˈpɔtɛnt / (say pawtent) noun 1. an indication or omen of something about to happen, especially something momentous. 2. ominous significance: an occurrence of dire portent. 3. a prodigy or marvel. {Latin portentum, properly neuter past participle …

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  • 19portent — noun Etymology: Latin portentum, from neuter of portentus, past participle of portendere Date: circa 1587 1. something that foreshadows a coming event ; omen, sign 2. prophetic indication or significance 3. marvel, prodigy …

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  • 20portent — 3 p.p. Prés., 3 p.p. Prés. subj. porter …

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