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Definition 1: puffed up with vanity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where portentous or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a grandiloquent and boastful manner
  • overblown oratory
  • a pompous speech
  • pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey

Synonyms for portentous in the sense of this definition

(portentous is similar to ...) making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

"a pretentious country house" "a pretentious fraud" "a pretentious scholarly edition"

Definition 2: ominously prophetic - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for portentous in the sense of this definition

(portentous is similar to ...) foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention

"prophetic writings" "prophetic powers" "words that proved prophetic"

Definition 3: of momentous or ominous significance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where portentous or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • such a portentous...monster raised all my curiosity
  • a prodigious vision

Synonyms for portentous in the sense of this definition

(portentous is similar to ...) important in effect or meaning

"a significant change in tax laws" "a significant change in the Constitution" "a significant contribution" "significant details" "statistically significant"

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