por·tent /ˈpɔrˌtɛnt, ˈpor-/
Por·tent n. That which portends, or foretoken; esp., that which portends evil; a sign of coming calamity; an omen; a sign.
My loss by dire portents the god foretold. --Dryden.
n : a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen
before going into battle" [syn: omen, presage, prognostic,