I (eliciting amazement) adjective amazing, astonishing, breathtaking, exceptional, extraordinary, great, inconceivable, incredible, indescribable, marvelous, memorable, miraculous, notable, noteworthy, novel, out of the ordinary, outstanding, phenomenal, prodigal, prodigious, rare, remarkable, shocking, singular, staggering, startling, stirring, striking, stupendous, superb, superlative, surprising, tremendous, uncustomary, unexampled, unheard of, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, unusual, wonderful, wondrous II (ominous) adjective alarming, augural, augurous, baleful, black, bodeful, boding, cautionary, dark, dire, direful, divinatory, doomful, dread, dreadful, dreary, fateful, fatiloquent, fearful, forbidding, foreboding, foretelling, forewarning, forthcoming, frightening, frightful, gloomy, grim, haunting, heralding, ill-boding, ill-fated, ill-starred, inauspicious, indicative, intimidating, mantic, menacing, minacious, minatorial, minatory, monitory, ominous, oracular, perilous, portending evil, premonitive, premonitory, presageful, presaging, presentient, prophetic, prophetical, pythonic, sibylline, sinister, somber, suggestive, threatening, unpropitious III index dire, imminent, important (significant), ominous, oracular, presageful, prophetic, unusual

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  • Portentous — Por*tent ous, a. [L. portentosus.] 1. Of the nature of a portent; containing portents; foreshadowing, esp. foreshadowing ill; ominous. [1913 Webster] For, I believe, they are portentous things. Shak. [1913 Webster] Victories of strange and almost …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • portentous — 1530s, from L. portentosus, from portentem (see PORTEND (Cf. portend)). Related: Portentously …   Etymology dictionary

  • portentous — *ominous, unpropitious, inauspicious, fateful Analogous words: threatening, menacing (see THREATEN): prodigious, *monstrous: prophesying or prophetic, presaging, foreboding, predicting, foretelling (see corresponding verbs at FORETELL) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • portentous — [adj] exciting; foreboding alarming, amazing, apocalyptic, astounding, augural, destined, doomed, exhilarating, extraordinary, fated, fateful, haunting, ill boding, ill fated, impending, important, inauspicious, inspiring, intriguing, ominous,… …   New thesaurus

  • portentous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of or like a portent; ominous. 2) excessively solemn. DERIVATIVES portentously adverb portentousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • portentous — [pôr ten′təs] adj. [L portentosus < portentum: see PORTENT] 1. that portends evil; ominous 2. arousing awe or amazement; marvelous 3. ponderous or pompous; self important SYN. OMINOUS portentously adv. portentousness n …   English World dictionary

  • portentous — [[t]pɔː(r)te̱ntəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If someone s way of speaking, writing, or behaving is portentous, they speak, write, or behave more seriously than necessary because they want to impress other people. [FORMAL] There was nothing… …   English dictionary

  • portentous — adjective Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or constituting a portent < suspense, portentous foreshadowing, hints of sinister and violent mysteries Francine Prose > 2. eliciting amazement or wonder ; prodigious 3. a. being a grave or serious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • portentous — adjective 1 literary events that are portentous are very important, especially because they show that something unpleasant is going to happen: portentous events that boded ill 2 trying to appear important and serious: The book is portentous and… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • portentous — por|ten|tous [po:ˈtentəs US po:r ] adj 1.) literary showing that something important is going to happen, especially something bad ▪ Recent developments are as portentous as the collapse of the Berlin Wall. 2.) trying to appear important and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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