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Definitions for portent
ˈpɔr tɛnt, ˈpoʊr-por·tent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word portent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. omen, portent, presage, prognostic, prognostication, prodigynoun

    a sign of something about to happen

    "he looked for an omen before going into battle"


  1. portentnoun

    Something that portends an event about to occur, especially an unfortunate or evil event; an omen.

  2. portentnoun

    A portending; significance; as, a howl of dire portent.

  3. portentnoun

    Something regarded as portentous; a marvel; prodigy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PORTENTnoun

    Omen of ill; prodigy foretokening misery.

    Etymology: portentum, Lat.

    O, what portents are these?
    Some heavy business hath my lord in hand,
    And I must know it. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    My loss by dire portents the god foretold;
    Yon riven oak, the fairest of the green. Dryden.


  1. portent

    A portent is a sign or warning that something significant or calamitous, typically something momentous or disastrous, is likely to happen. It can also refer to a phenomenon that is believed to foretell a future event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portentnoun

    that which portends, or foretoken; esp., that which portends evil; a sign of coming calamity; an omen; a sign

  2. Etymology: [L. portentum. See Portend.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of portent in a Sentence

  1. Laura Danly:

    Some people look at it as being a portent of doom. That is not uncommon, but it really isn't. It is the alignment of the sun and the moon.

  2. Anonymous:

    May no portent of evil be attached to the words I say.

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