Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Definitions for portent
- A sign of a coming event or calamity; an omen.
- Prophetic or menacing significance.
- Something amazing; a marvel.
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Citations for portent
A comet that year was taken as a portent of some imminent but incalculable change.
To Mohammed, the relentless sandstorm was foreboding, a portent of divine will.
Origin of portent
Portent comes from Latin portentum, from portendere, "to stretch out before or into the future, to predict," from por- (variant of pro-), "before" + tendere, "to stretch out." Related words include portend, "to give an omen or sign of," and portentous, "ominous, foreboding."