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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Portentous  \Por*tent"ous\,  a.  [L.  portentosus.] 
  1.  Of  the  nature  of  a  portent;  containing  portents; 
  foreshadowing,  esp.  foreshadowing  ill;  ominous. 
  For  I  believe,  they  are  portentous  things  --Shak. 
  Victories  of  strange  and  almost  portentous  splendor. 
  2.  Hence:  Monstrous;  prodigious;  wonderful;  dreadful;  as  a 
  beast  of  portentous  size.  --Roscommon.  -- 
  {Por*tent"ous*ly},  adv  --  {Por*tent"ous*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  of  momentous  or  ominous  significance;  "such  a  raised  all  my  curiosity"-  Herman 
  Melville;  "a  prodigious  vision"  [syn:  {prodigious}] 
  2:  of  ominous  significance  [syn:  {fateful},  {foreboding(a)}] 
  3:  puffed  up  with  vanity;  "a  grandiloquent  and  boastful 
  manner";  "overblown  oratory";  "a  pompous  speech"; 
  "pseudo-scientific  gobbledygook  and  pontifical  hooey"- 
  Newsweek  [syn:  {grandiloquent},  {overblown},  {pompous},  {pontifical}] 

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