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Borrowed from Latin portentum, participle of portendere, from portendō (I predict, I foretell).

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portent (plural portents)

  1. Something that portends an event about to occur, especially an unfortunate or evil event; an omen.
  2. A portending; significance
    a howl of dire portent
  3. Something regarded as portentous; a marvel; prodigy.

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