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  • "Portentous," Lady Maltenby replied; with a smile.

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  • Summer's End -- "Portentous" is the only word that seems to suit the slate-gray colour of the skies over upstate New York today.

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  • Portentous imagery tosses narrative clarity aside, as director Pieter Van Hees commits to surreal sensations that allow for little hope.

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  • My only real problem with it is that the author has a seriously annoying tic, which is to say he seems to be unable to pen a single chapter without Portentous Utterances Of Impending Doom, of the "Little did they know --" variety.

    the winds are crying remember me through the holy silence of the desert and the sea

  • Portentous music swelled up in the background and the three men resumed their seats, struggling for composure.

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  • I don't remember seeing such a straightforward strapline on recently-published books, which seem to have a tendency to the Epic And Portentous.

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  • Before such happy outcome, a Portentous Owl gazes speculatively at our sleep-deprived hero, and there's other business like an Underground Vision-Quest lit by a road-flare, and a subway rave, and a cruel police inspector with a big birthmark, and other idiosyncratically archetypal new oxymoron! things that the movie screeches to the brink of beating you over the head with, but then mostly doesn't.

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  • It's hard to make a Portentous Owl not seem over the top -- that's the whole point of being Portentous.

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  • For instance, the line about "Portentous, unexampled, [and] unexplain'd" events comes from Book II, 58, where it refers to various natural phenomena like volcanoes and meteors rather than the present comment on the Peterloo affair.

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  • Portentous indeed have been the developments of the past six months; the national domain has been extended far into the Caribbean Sea on the south, and to the west it is so near the mainland of Asia that we can hear grating of the process which is grinding the ancient celestial empire into pulp for the machinery of civilization and of progress.

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