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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 por·ten·tous /pɔrˈtɛntəs, por-/
 (a.)前兆的,不吉的,可驚的,奇怪的,自大的

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Por·tent·ous a.
 1. Of the nature of a portent; containing portents; foreshadowing, esp. foreshadowing ill; ominous.
    For, I believe, they are portentous things.   --Shak.
    Victories of strange and almost portentous splendor.   --Macaulay.
 2. Hence: Monstrous; prodigious; wonderful; dreadful; as, a beast of portentous size.
 -- Por*tent*ous*ly, adv. -- Por*tent*ous*ness, n.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 portentous
      adj 1: of momentous or ominous significance; "such a
             portentous...monster raised all my curiosity"- Herman
             Melville; "a prodigious vision" [syn: prodigious]
      2: of ominous significance [syn: fateful, foreboding(a)]
      3: puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful
         manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech";
         "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"-
         Newsweek [syn: grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, pontifical]