Portent definition

pôrtĕnt
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An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; an omen.
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Prophetic or threatening significance.

Signs full of portent.

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Something that portends an event about to occur, esp. an unfortunate event; omen.
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(archaic) Something amazing or marvelous; a prodigy.
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Something amazing; marvel.
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A portending; significance.

A howl of dire portent.

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The definition of a portent is an omen or sign of something to come.

An example of a portent is a black cat crossing your path, which is a sign of bad luck to come.

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Something that portends an event about to occur, especially an unfortunate or evil event; an omen.
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A portending; significance; as, a howl of dire portent.
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Something regarded as portentous; a marvel; prodigy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
portent
Plural:
portents

Origin of portent

  • Latin portentum from neuter past participle of portendere to portend portend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • portend +"Ž -ent

    From Wiktionary