His rhetoric is humorless and portentous - he always sounds to me like a slightly demented Episcopal bishop.
Forget everything you know about TV news - the portentous opening line, the handoff to your anchormate, the ominous toss to the reporter on remote.
Friedman, an unalloyed idealist when it comes to capitalism, and concomitantly (he supposes) a rampant technophile, is suddenly sober and portentous when it comes to Iraq.
The judging panel decried previous Booker choices as being ‘pompous, portentous and pretentious’, and promoted Waters and her fellow nominees as the writers truly deserving of attention.
In fewer than 100 pages, we travel from a haunted garden to the very gates of hell, via ominous encounters, portentous conversations and moments of absurd levity.
Lou gently lay Bev's hand back on the mattress and bowed his head with a solemnity that Nora thought both tender and portentous .
The book opens with a haunting and portentous prologue that simultaneously catalyses the twin narrative strands of the novel, presages its thematic concerns and gives a first taste of the dark symbolism with which it is heavily laden.
The portentous original plan was to make three trilogies and so far we've been subjected to all three of the middle trilogy and, more recently, two of the first.
This is all very solemn and portentous , but it's impossible to shake the feeling this is a virtuoso example of preaching to the converted.
Miller had the advantage of having seen the play in the early 90s, when it was momentous and portentous .