Threatening

  • 1 Threatening — Threat en*ing, a. & n. from {Threaten}, v. {Threat en*ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Threatening letters} (Law), letters containing threats, especially those designed to extort money, or to obtain other property, by menaces; blackmailing letters.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 threatening — index abusive, chilling effect, dangerous, formidable, imminent, insalubrious, noxious, ominous, pending …

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  • 3 threatening — [adj] menacing, ominous aggressive, alarming, apocalyptic, at hand, baleful, baneful, black, bullying, cautionary, close, comminatory, dangerous, dire, fateful, forthcoming, grim, ill boding, imminent, impendent, impending, inauspicious,… …

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  • 4 threatening — threat|en|ing [ˈθretn ıŋ] adj 1.) if someone s behaviour is threatening, you believe they intend to harm you ▪ His voice sounded threatening. ▪ a threatening gesture 2.) if the sky or clouds are threatening, bad weather is likely ▪ a threatening… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 threatening — threat|en|ing [ θretnıŋ ] adjective 1. ) showing or saying that someone is likely to do something that will harm you: She s been receiving threatening phone calls. a threatening look Don t forget , he said in a low threatening voice. 2. )… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 threatening — [[t]θre̱tənɪŋ[/t]] ♦♦♦ ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You can describe someone s behaviour as threatening, when you think that they are trying to harm you. → See also , life threatening The police could have charged them with threatening behaviour... She… …

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  • 7 threatening — UK [ˈθret(ə)nɪŋ] / US adjective 1) showing or saying that someone is likely to do something that will harm you a threatening look She s been receiving threatening phone calls. 2) threatening clouds, skies, or seas show that the weather is likely… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 threatening — threateningly, adv. /thret n ing/, adj. 1. tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures. 2. causing alarm, as by being imminent; ominous; sinister: threatening clouds. [1520 30; THREATEN + ING2] Syn. 2. See imminent, ominous. * * * …

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  • 9 threatening — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ find sth ▪ regard sth as, see sth as …

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  • 10 threatening — adjective 1 talking or behaving in a way that is intended to threaten someone: His voice sounded threatening. 2 making threats: a threatening letter threateningly adverb three /Tri:/ number 1 3 2 the three R s old fashioned used when talking… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 threatening — adjective 1) a threatening letter Syn: menacing, intimidating, bullying, frightening, hostile; formal minatory 2) banks of threatening clouds Syn: ominous, sinister, menacing, alarming, portentous, dark …

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  • 12 threatening — threat•en•ing [[t]ˈθrɛt n ɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures[/ex] 2) ominous: threatening clouds[/ex] threat′en•ing•ly, adv. syn: See ominous …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 threatening — adjective 1. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments (Freq. 2) a baleful look forbidding thunderclouds his tone became menacing ominous rumblings of discontent sinister storm clouds a sinister smile …

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  • 14 Threatening — Threaten Threat en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Threatened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Threatening}.] [OE. [thorn]retenen. See {Threat}, v. t.] 1. To utter threats against; to menace; to inspire with apprehension; to alarm, or attempt to alarm, as with the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 15 threatening — threaten ► VERB 1) make or express a threat to (someone) or to do (something). 2) put at risk; endanger. 3) (of a situation or the weather) seem likely to produce (an unwelcome result). DERIVATIVES threatening adjective …

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  • 16 threatening — adjective Presenting a threat; menacing; frightening …

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  • 17 threatening — Synonyms and related words: about to be, abusive, alarming, already in sight, apocalyptic, approaching, at hand, bad, baleful, baneful, black, bludgeoning, blustering, bodeful, boding, brewing, browbeating, bulldozing, bullying, close, close at… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 threatening — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. alarming, menacing, dangerous, aggressive, intimidating; see also ominous , sinister , unsafe . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. intimidating, menacing, terrorizing, frightening, scary, sinister, ominous, impending,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 threatening — threat·en·ing || θretnɪŋ adj. intimidating, endangering threat·en || θretn v. intimidate, endanger …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 threatening — I. a. 1. Menacing, minatory, minacious, comminatory. 2. Impending, impendent, imminent. II. n. Commination, threat, denunciation, menace, menacing …

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