- an indication or omen of something about to happen, especially something momentous.
- threatening or disquieting significance: an occurrence of dire portent.
- a prodigy or marvel.
Origin of portent
Synonyms for portentSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for portentpremonition, harbinger, omen, hunch, prognostic, foreboding, augury, sign, warning, prognostication, threat, caution, clue, presage, presentiment, foretoken, foreshadowing, vibes, phenomenon
Examples from the Web for portent
Contemporary Examples of portent
At times, it seemed Leonard was awaiting a portent or an omen.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
Is this a passing phase or a portent of something more serious?Fascism Is Fashionable Again in Europe
June 8, 2014
As the great commentator, the Ramban, teaches, “everything that happened to the Patriarchs is a portent for the children.”The Vulnerability of American Rabbis
Rabbi Jonah Geffen
November 8, 2013
Online activity is not therefore a portent of offline activity.Did Tamerlan ‘Self-Radicalize’?
April 25, 2013
Lapid is the first politician to emerge from this politics and is in any case a portent of things to come.Yair Lapid's Historic Opportunity
January 24, 2013
Historical Examples of portent
It was the hush of portent, the hush of watchfulness, the hush of a threatening tension.The Law-Breakers
They had him, but it was like getting hold of an apparition, a wraith, a portent.Lord Jim
The silence without was only portent of the storm so soon to burst.Warrior Gap
It was because he was a failure in literature that he became a portent in English history.The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
And, try as I might, I felt it to be a portent and a prophecy.Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison
Austin Biron Bidwell
- a sign or indication of a future event, esp a momentous or calamitous one; omen
- momentous or ominous significancea cry of dire portent
- a miraculous occurrence; marvel
Word Origin for portent
1560s, from Middle French portente, from Latin portentum "a sign, token, omen; monster, monstrosity," noun use of neuter of portentus, past participle of portendre (see portend).