Examples from the Web for portentous
As such, there is a portentous quality here that can occasionally get in its own way.
Little moments are portentous of grand sweeping changes, and big, dramatic moments are meaningless to all but the few involved.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest|Rich Goldstein|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These portentous rumblings aside, no coherent position on ectogenesis has emerged so far within the pro-life movement.
Behind these macho moves lie some pretty dramatic and portentous policy decisions.Leslie H. Gelb: North Korea, U.S. Headed to Brink of War, Unnoticed|Leslie H. Gelb|April 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“This is not meant to be pompous, portentous museum entertainment,” Branagh says.
One might naturally suppose that, in this fact, there was a breach of privilege of the most portentous kind.Practical Essays|Alexander Bain
St. Cuthberts holy island of Lindisfarne was sacked in 793, and similar raids multiplied with portentous rapidity.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
Stopping for some things there I took a moment to read the portentous paper I had received.Birth of a Reformation|Andrew Byers
Dead silence—solemn stillness—candles with unsnuffed wicks of portentous length.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
He rose and stood over her, towering and portentous against the curtained light.Linda Condon|Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for portentous
Word Origin and History for portentous
1540s, from Latin portentosus "monstrous, marvelous, threatening," from portentem "portent" (see portend). Related: Portentously.