portend \por-TEND\ verb – To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshadow; to bode. Origin: Portend comes from Latin portendere, to indicate, to predict, from por- (variant of pro-), before + tendere, to stretch out, to spread. Thus that which portends is that which stretches out before us into the future.
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copacetic \koh-puh-SET-ik\ Adjective & verb – Very satisfactory; fine. Origin: The origin of copacetic is unknown.
bacchanalia \bak-uh-NAIL-yuh\ noun – The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry. A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel. Origin: Bacchanalia comes from Latin, from Bacchus, god of wine, from Greek Bakkhos. The adjective form is bacchanalian. One who celebrates the Bacchanalia, or indulges in drunken revels, is [...]