portentously

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

portentous +‎ -ly

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɔːˈten.təs.li/

Adverb[edit]

portentously (comparative more portentously, superlative most portentously)

  1. In an ominous manner.
    Synonym: ominously
    • 2010 September 27, Malcolm Gladwell, “Small Change”, in The New Yorker[1]:
      Shirky ends the story of the lost Sidekick by asking, portentously, “What happens next?”—no doubt imagining future waves of digital protesters.
  2. In a pompous manner.

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