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noun por·tent \ˈpr-ˌtent\

: a sign or warning that something usually bad or unpleasant is going to happen

Full Definition of PORTENT

:  something that foreshadows a coming event :  omen, sign
:  prophetic indication or significance

Examples of PORTENT

  1. <a red sky in the morning can be a portent of a coming storm>
  2. <a scout was sent to have a look at this teenage pitcher who was supposed to be the latest portent of the baseball world>

Origin of PORTENT

Latin portentum, from neuter of portentus, past participle of portendere
First Known Use: circa 1587

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith
PORTENT Defined for Kids


noun por·tent \ˈpr-ˌtent\

Definition of PORTENT for Kids

:  a sign or warning of something usually bad that is going to happen :  omen


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