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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
portentous
    adj 1: of momentous or ominous significance; "such a
           portentous...monster raised all my curiosity"- Herman
           Melville; "a prodigious vision" [syn: portentous,
           prodigious]
    2: ominously prophetic [syn: fateful, foreboding(a),
       portentous]
    3: puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner";
       "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific
       gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek [syn:
       grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, pontifical,
       portentous]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Portentous \Por*tent"ous\, a. [L. portentosus.]
   1. Of the nature of a portent; containing portents;
      foreshadowing, esp. foreshadowing ill; ominous.
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            For, I believe, they are portentous things. --Shak.
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            Victories of strange and almost portentous splendor.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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   2. Hence: Monstrous; prodigious; wonderful; dreadful; as, a
      beast of portentous size. --Roscommon.
      [1913 Webster] -- Por*tent"ous*ly, adv. --
      Por*tent"ous*ness, n.
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Thesaurus Results for portentous:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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