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portentous
used in The Mill on the Floss

3 uses
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Definition
very important; or indicating something important in the future

or:

acting overly important or serious
  • The red light of the setting sun seemed to have a portentous meaning, with which the alarming bray of the second donkey with the log on its foot must surely have some connection.
    1.11 -- Book 1 Chapter 11 -- Maggie Tries to Run away from Her Shadow (88% in)
  • Mrs. Tulliver was frightened; there was something portentous in this mad outbreak; she did not see how life could go on after it.
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (66% in)
  • Imagine a truly respectable and amiable hen, by some portentous anomaly, taking to reflection and inventing combinations by which she might prevail on Hodge not to wring her neck, or send her and her chicks to market; the result could hardly be other than much cackling and fluttering.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (24% in)

There are no more uses of "portentous" in The Mill on the Floss.

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