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  • n. The quality of being portentous


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portentous +‎ -ness


  • Over a long career, she has perhaps too easily found much to despair of both in her own country and abroad—and her portentousness can be tiresome.

    A Mother's Love And Laments

  • For the elements of Gauguin's mystique are apparent enough: a portentousness of pose or motif, a figure catching one's eye with a look of grave interrogation, a woman foursquare and impassive as an oceanic statue.

    Gauguin: Maker of Myth

  • I was walking around the kitchen all last night going "Hypsizygus tessellatus!" with great portentousness and magnificent gesticulations.

    like falling stars through the universe we are hurled

  • A certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; and there must be a hint, expressed with a seriousness and portentousness becoming its subject, of that most terrible conception of the human brain-a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fi xed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and daemons of unplumbed space.

    Authors and others

  • The problem is that the show is strewn with an unironic, overwrought sense of portentousness and constant, blunt hints that the town is Not What It Seems.

    TV preview: Hank Stuever previews 'Happy Town'

  • You'll find lots of this made-up capitalized stuff in current American poetry -- an easy way to import portentousness when the material is flimsy to the point of nonexistence.

    Anis Shivani: David Lehman's Incestuous Coterie: Why the New "Best American Poetry" Sucks Even More Than Its Twenty-One Predecessors

  • This would, however, generally be considered portentousness rather than pretentiousness, such techniques often going hand-in-hand with a rejection of the type of linguistic complexity and obscurity detailed above.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Whatever superstitions the sperm whalemen in general have connected with the sight of this object, certain it is, that a glimpse of it being so very unusual, that circumstance has gone far to invest it with portentousness.

    Squidpunk…It Might Just Be Go-Time?…

  • I can't get past the first page of The Corrections w/o cringing at the portentousness of phrases like "madness of a Midwest prairie winter blowing through," or what ever the phrase is.

    Why your favorite author's like pesto

  • Nor does the style stray: Stein eschews both portentousness and glibness in telling a “story of unimagined global connections,” one in which there is no distinction “between the fundamental and the frivolous, between things historically weighty and those light as a feather.”

    Cover to Cover


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