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Now interestingly, while many Norse sources and their modern interpretations represent the Valkyries as noble female spirits imbued with beauty and power, the original Germanic narratives tended to portray them in a more portentous manner.

Cernunnos is arguably the most visually impressive and rather portentous of ancient Celtic gods.

As such, there is a portentous quality here that can occasionally get in its own way.

Little moments are portentous of grand sweeping changes, and big, dramatic moments are meaningless to all but the few involved.

These portentous rumblings aside, no coherent position on ectogenesis has emerged so far within the pro-life movement.

Ultimately, though, it is difficult to see the point of this rather portentous book.

Behind these macho moves lie some pretty dramatic and portentous policy decisions.

There was the most portentous picture of a Griffin on the first page, with verses below.

Ripperda roused himself from his portentous trance, and arrayed his noble figure in the rugged habiliments of the muleteer.

The Briton, holding the documents in a pudgy hand, looked at the swift-gestured director with portentous solemnity.

Again my soul trembled with anguish, for that strange portentous word, 'death,' was ever written within me or without.

The wedding is a portentous affair, lasting all day from early morning, and the bride and bridegroom remain in the house.


On this page you'll find 50 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to portentous, such as: apocalyptic, haunting, intriguing, ominous, alarming, and amazing.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.