[pawr-ten-tuh s, pohr-] /pɔrˈtɛn təs, poʊr-/

of the nature of a ; momentous.
ominously significant or indicative:
a portentous defeat.
marvelous; amazing; prodigious.
of momentous or ominous significance
miraculous, amazing, or awe-inspiring; prodigious
self-important or pompous

1540s, from Latin portentosus “monstrous, marvelous, threatening,” from portentem “portent” (see portend). Related: Portentously.


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