Origin of portent
Examples from the Web for portent
At times, it seemed Leonard was awaiting a portent or an omen.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is this a passing phase or a portent of something more serious?
As the great commentator, the Ramban, teaches, “everything that happened to the Patriarchs is a portent for the children.”
Online activity is not therefore a portent of offline activity.
Lapid is the first politician to emerge from this politics and is in any case a portent of things to come.
Some flash of portent, some premonition born of instinct, warned her with a clearness that was blinding.Ewing\'s Lady|Harry Leon Wilson
Everyone believed in astrology; the comet of 1680 was regarded as a portent.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII.|Arthur Mee
Who would believe that they were gods, if they made this portent a god?Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
Many thought that this apparition was a portent of the deaths connected with the Pentland Rising.Lay Morals|Robert Louis Stevenson
The Docs rapt eye caught the colours of sacred treasure in the dyes of the sunset and read them for a portent of success.Dust of the Desert|Robert Welles Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for portent
Word Origin for portent
Word Origin and History 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).