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Definition very important; or indicating something important in the future


acting overly important or serious
  • It is a portentous day for the space program.
portentous = important
  • It is the most portentous meeting of the year.
  • portentous = important
  • She always speaks in a portentous voice.
  • portentous = acting overly important or serious
  • We were excited by the portentous reports.
  • Before me stretched the portentous, menacing road of a new decade.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • portentous = indicating something important will happen
  •   Black and portentous must this humour prove,
      Unless good counsel may the cause remove.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • portentous = important in the future
  • As Tom took up the receiver the compressed heat exploded into sound and we were listening to the portentous chords of Mendelssohn's Wedding March from the ballroom below.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • portentous = sounding excessively important
  • Bumble, catching at the inquiry very quickly, shook his head with portentous solemnity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • For I believe they are portentous things
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • and put his hair up with both hands, in a highly portentous manner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity.
  • an illustration of something more portentous
  • "What but the human heart itself?" said the dark-visaged stranger, with a portentous grin.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth's Holocaust
  • The lieutenant, returning from a tour after a bandage, produced from a hidden receptacle of his mind new and portentous oaths suited to the emergency.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • But the strain, instead of relaxing, became portentous.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • Immediately music, portentous and heraldic, is heard.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • Steadily they rise, not portentous, not threatful.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • But they were portentous.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • No single brief utterance of Lincoln is more portentous than the line he wrote to a federal authority in Louisiana.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • She could unsheathe from her arsenal a mockingly grave way of talking about things she found either portentous or frivolous.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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