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portentous
used in To the Lighthouse

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Definition
very important; or indicating something important in the future

or:

acting overly important or serious
  • How did she exist in that portentous atmosphere where the maid was always removing in a dust-pan the sand that the parrot had scattered, and conversation was almost entirely reduced to the exploits—interesting perhaps, but limited after all—of that bird?
    1 — The Window (44% in)

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