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  • By this very fact alone, everyone in the Court, even the most dull witted, cannot but sense that something unusual, something portentious is about to take place, otherwise, all of this has no meaning.

    Ceremonial and Insignia¬óSome Considerations

  • The ad from Benishek -- who is running against Dem opponent Gary McDowell, a hay farmer -- features portentious drumming, a riveting montage of lurid, charged imagery, and best of all, a "repent or perish" sign at around the 12 second mark:

    Tea Party/GOP candidate's ad: "Repent or perish"

  • The portentious concatenation is a parallel post by another well-known non-philosopher, P. Z.Meyers.

    October 15th, 2009

  • That comment really bothered me -- I've been to Chartres, and feel that I know the majesty of a great cathedral firsthand -- but since I have never stood there in front of Hirst's mummified shark, which carries the portentious title "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living," I have to leave open the possibility that maybe Danto's comment is justified.

    John Seed: When Appreciating Works of Art, Being There Is Always Best

  • Not being nearly as tech-savvy, I honestly can't tell who was responsible for that portentious click.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Moreover, moments of nifty description are vastly outnumbered by moments of portentious pontificating.

    Martin Amis, The Pregnant Widow (2010)

  • I'm referring to the UROTSUKIDOJI/OVERFIEND anime series, and in particular the aspect of it described as follows by Jonathan Clements in the EROTIC ANIME MOVIE GUIDE:The story is riddled with portentious prophecies, all of which turn out to be incorrect.

    Archive 2009-02-15

  • Poivre Piquant portentious prognostication pour Homme proven wrong quick review quirks

    Scent for a Snow Day

  • It was a period when people looked around at one another and asked portentious questions, but there were no answers because we did not know what Hitler would do.

    Phoney War

  • The answer lies in the curious fact that ordinary administration lying, always a growth industry, has suffered a rather sudden and portentious environmental change.

    Burocracide: The NIE flap is but the tip of a very dangerous iceburg

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