Word of the Day: portentous

por·ten·tous adjective \pȯr-ˈten-təs\: giving a sign or warning that something usually bad or unpleasant is going to happen: trying to seem important, serious, or impressive.

1:  of, relating to, or constituting a portent <suspense, portentous foreshadowing, hints of sinister and violent mysteries  — Francine Prose>. 2:  eliciting amazement or wonder :  prodigious. 3 a:  being a grave or serious matter <portentous decisions> b:  self-consciously solemn or important :  pompous<portentous declamation unsalted by the least trace of humor  — W. H. Pritchard>. c:  ponderously excessive <that discipline’s overwrought, portentous phrases  — R. M. Coles>

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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