verb[with object] • literary
- 1Be a sign of: she wondered if his cold, level gaze betokened indifference or angerMore example sentences
- The reluctance to wave the big stick at employers does not betoken EU indifference.
- The forfeiture occurred March 27, 2002, when, in a private act betokening an uneasy conscience, he signed the McCain-Feingold law expanding government regulation of the timing, quantity and content of political speech.
- If, between the two, an outline faintly emerges of something betokening a system - implied through the press-release fog - then we shall have something to test against and compare with other documented cases affecting films.
- 1.1Be a warning or indication of (a future event): the falling comet betokened the true end of Merlin’s powersMore example sentences
indicate, be an indication of, signify, be a sign of, be evidence of, evidence, manifest, mean, denote, represent, show, demonstrate, bespeak• informal spellpresage, portend, augur, be an omen of, be a sign of, be a warning of, warn of, bode, foreshadow, foretell, prophesy, be a harbinger of, herald
- Does this betoken a sea change Irish political tastes since the birth of the tiger?
- Whether this betokens a change in the author's views or merely proves his ability to ride two different horses at once, we cannot tell.
- Nonetheless, they betokened a major transformation in the history of religion and society in America, and my organization was ill-suited to do much other than complain about it.