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portent

Definition:

a sign of something about to happen

Class:

event noun (natural events)

Related to:

portend | portentous

Plural:

portents

Type of:

augury » experience » happening » event

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Middle French portente, from Latin portentum "a sign, omen", from neuter of...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

portent | omen [synonym, sense-specific] | marvel [synonym, sense-specific]

a sign or indication of a future event, especially a momentous or calamitous one; omen | momentous or ominous significance | a miraculous occurrence; ... (22 of 441 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/portent

Merriam-Webster:

portent | omen [synonym, sense-specific] | marvel [synonym, sense-specific] | sign [synonym, sense-specific] | prodigy [synonym, sense-specific] | augury [synonym, sense-specific] | auspice [synonym, sense-specific] | boding [synonym, sense-specific] | foreboding [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

something that foreshadows a coming event; "omen", "sign" | prophetic indication or significance | "marvel", "prodigy" (14 of 130 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/portent

Oxford Dictionary:

portent

a sign or warning that a momentous or calamitous event is likely to happen | future significance | [literary] : an exceptional or wonderful person or ... (24 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/portent

Wikipedia:

Portent [disambiguation]

may refer to: Portent (divination), a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future | The Portent, a comic book | USS Portent (AM-106), an Auk-class minesweeper (25 of 75 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Portent

Cambridge Dictionary:

portend [formal] | portent [noun, derived]

to be a sign that something bad is likely to happen in the future (14 of 55 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/portend

American Heritage Dictionary:

portent

An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; an omen. | Prophetic or threatening significance | Something amazing or marvelous; ... (20 of 44 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/portent

Wiktionary:

portent | portents [plural] | omen [synonym, sense-specific] | significance [synonym, sense-specific] | prodigy [synonym, sense-specific]

Something that portends an event about to occur, especially an unfortunate or evil event; an omen. | A portending; significance; as, a howl of dire portent. | Something regarded as portentous; a marvel; prodigy. (32 of 44 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/portent

Random House Dictionary:

portent

an indication or omen of something about to happen, especially something momentous. | threatening or disquieting significance. | a prodigy or marvel. (20 of 34 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/portent

Macmillan British Dictionary:

portent [countable/uncountable, literary] | portents [plural]

a warning or warnings about the future (7 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/portent

New World Dictionary:

portent

something that portends an event about to occur, especially an unfortunate event; omen | a portending; significance | something amazing; marvel (19 of 33 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/portent

Columbia Encyclopedia:

omen | augur

sign or augury believed to foreshadow the future. Almost any occurrence can be interpreted as an omen. The typical omen was a natural phenomenon, such ... (25 of 88 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0836633​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

omen [occultism]

observed phenomenon that is interpreted as signifying good or bad fortune. In ancient times omens were numerous and varied and included, for instance, ... (23 of 75 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/428340​/omen

Encarta Dictionary:

portent | portents [plural]

an indication that something, often something unpleasant, is going to happen | ominous or prophetic significance | a wonderful or marvelous thing ... (20 of 48 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737844​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

portent

First use: 1560s

Origin: Middle French portente, from Latin portentum "a sign, omen", from neuter of portentus, past participle of portendre.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=portent

Oxford Dictionary:

portent

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Latin portentum "omen, token", from the verb portendere (see "portend")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/portent

Merriam-Webster:

portent

First use: about 1587

Origin: Latin portentum, from neuter of portentus, past participle of portendere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/portent

American Heritage Dictionary:

portent

Origin: Latin portentum, from neuter past participle of portendere, to portend; see "portend".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/portent

Collins Dictionary:

portent

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin portentum sign, omen, from portendere to portend

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/portent

New World Dictionary:

portent

Origin: Latin portentum from portendere: see "portend"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/portent

Wiktionary:

portent | portents [plural]

Origin: portend + -ent

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/portent

portend | portended [past tense] | portending [present participle] | portends [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: the Latin portendere ("to foretell"), from por- ("forward") + tendere ("to stretch"), present active infinitive of tendo.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/portend

-ent

Origin: Since Middle English, from Old French -ent and its source Latin -ēns, (accusative singular -entem), present participle suffix.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ent

Encarta Dictionary:

portent | portents [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin portentum from portendere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737844​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

portent

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "portent"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/portent

Cambridge Dictionary:

portend [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "portent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "portent"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/portend

Macmillan British Dictionary:

portent [countable/uncountable, literary] | portents [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "portent"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/portent

Macmillan American Dictionary:

portent [countable/uncountable, literary] | portents [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "portent"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/portent

the Free Dictionary:

portent

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "portent"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "portent"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "portent" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/portent

Google Dictionary:

portent | portents [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "portent"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=portent

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

portent

Audio: North American pronunciation of "portent"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=porten​02 word=portent

YourDictionary Audio:

portent

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "portent" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/portent

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