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Ominous vs. Portent

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Ominousadjective

Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant.

Portentnoun

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

Ominousadjective

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

Portentnoun

A portending; significance

‘a howl of dire portent’;

Ominousadjective

Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant; portentous; - formerly used both in a favorable and unfavorable sense; now chiefly in the latter; foreboding or foreshowing evil; inauspicious; as, an ominous dread.

‘He had a good ominous name to have made a peace.’; ‘In the heathen worship of God, a sacrifice without a heart was accounted ominous.’;

Portentnoun

Something regarded as portentous; a marvel; prodigy.

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Ominousadjective

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments;

‘a baleful look’; ‘forbidding thunderclouds’; ‘his tone became menacing’; ‘ominous rumblings of discontent’; ‘sinister storm clouds’; ‘a sinister smile’; ‘his threatening behavior’; ‘ugly black clouds’; ‘the situation became ugly’;

Portentnoun

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

‘My loss by dire portents the god foretold.’;

Ominousadjective

presaging ill-fortune;

‘ill omens’; ‘ill predictions’; ‘my words with inauspicious thunderings shook heaven’; ‘a dead and ominous silence prevailed’; ‘a by-election at a time highly unpropitious for the Government’;

Portentnoun

a sign of something about to happen;

‘he looked for an omen before going into battle’;

Portentnoun

a sign or warning that a momentous or calamitous event is likely to happen

‘many birds are regarded as being portents of death’;

Portentnoun

future significance

‘an omen of grave portent for the tribe’;

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Portentnoun

an exceptional or wonderful person or thing

‘what portent can be greater than a pious notary?’;

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