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Definition a sign of something about to happen
  • believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
portents = signs of things about to happen
  • The first, the very first: I found it a splendid portent.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • portent = a sign of something about to happen
  • These are portents; but yet I hope, I hope, They do not point on me.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • portents = signs of something about to happen
  • There had been no signs or portents, no secret signals.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • portents = indicators or signs of what was going to happen
  • Would anyone like me to help them interpret the shadowy portents within their Orb?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • portents = signs of things about to happen
  • Then the plane was overhead, its shadows passing over the open glade, the throbbing reaching its maximum of portent.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • portent = a sign of something about to happen
  • Three dead trees on the moor below, burned up alive by lightning, are ominous portents.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • portents = signs of something about to happen
  • And these does she apply for warnings and portents
    And evils imminent; and on her knee
    Hath begg'd that I will stay at home to-day.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • portents = signs of something to come (in Shakespeare's day, more specifically referring to signs indicating the approach of evil or calamity)
  • The drive to El Puerto was always a pleasant one, but today it was filled with strange portents.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • portents = signs of things about to happen
  • O, what portents are these?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • portents = signs of something to come (in Shakespeare's day, more specifically referring to signs indicating the approach of evil or calamity)
  • The movements of the planets and the mysterious portents they reveal only to those who understand the steps of the celestial dance.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • portents = signs of things about to happen
  • Giants and other portents on the borders of the Shire were forgotten for more important matters:
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • portents = signs of things about to happen
  • This departure from truth on the part of a most honest hobbit was a portent of great significance.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • portent = a sign of something about to happen
  • The dawn is beginning to announce itself, but there is something in the air that belongs to the night. A stillness that is a portent, a gathering, a coming together of something akin to a storm.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • portent = a sign of something about to happen
  • No human being can create new runes, or draw the sort of runes Clary can. Only angels have that power. And since Clary can do that—well, it seems like a portent. Things are changing. The Laws are changing. The old ways may never be the right ways again.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • portent = a sign of something about to happen
  • But did your reverence hear of the portent that was seen last night?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Who could have foreseen from it these fearful portents which seemed to threaten violence and discord among the dwellers in The Wilderness?
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  Beyond the City
  • They stood perplexed before him as if before a dreadful portent.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Agent
  • Still, now and then, I received a damping check to my cheerfulness; and was, in spite of myself, thrown back on the region of doubts and portents, and dark conjectures.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • the crew singing for joy, that so promising an event should so soon have falsified the evil portents preceding it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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