Part of speech: noun

Anything that portends what is to happen.

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Usage examples "portent":

  1. By this portent, Heaven clearly intimated to the Athenians that they were to lose the lower part of their city, and their command of the sea, but to keep the upper part. - "Plutarch's Lives Volume III.", Plutarch.
  2. There was portent in it; things seemed to be closing in. - "The Pool in the Desert", Sara Jeanette Duncan.
  3. And these little boys, he added, smiling pleasantly at the Twins, they too have done their share in bringing the portent. - "The Spartan Twins", Lucy (Fitch) Perkins.