Por*tent"ous (?), a. [L. portentosus.]


Of the nature of a portent; containing portents; foreschadowing, esp. foreschadowing ill; ominous.

For, I believe, they are portentous things. Shak.

Victories of strange and almost portentous splendor. Macaulay.


Hence: Monstrous; prodigious; wonderful; dreadful; as, a beast of portentous size.


-- Por*tent"ous*ly, adv. -- Por*tent"ous*ness, n.


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