threatening

[thret-n-ing]

Origin:
1520–30; threaten + -ing2

threateningly, adverb
nonthreatening, adjective
nonthreateningly, adverb
unthreatening, adjective
unthreateningly, adverb


2. See imminent, ominous.
Dictionary.com Unabridged

threaten

[thret-n]
verb (used with object)
1.
to utter a threat against; menace: He threatened the boy with a beating.
2.
to be a menace or source of danger to: Sickness threatened her peace of mind.
3.
to offer (a punishment, injury, etc.) by way of a threat: They threatened swift retaliation.
4.
to give an ominous indication of: The clouds threaten rain.
verb (used without object)
5.
to utter or use threats.
6.
to indicate impending evil or mischief.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English thretnen, Old English thrēatnian, derivative of thrēat pressure, oppression. See threat, -en1

threatener, noun
outthreaten, verb (used with object)
prethreaten, verb (used with object)
rethreaten, verb


2. endanger.


2. protect, defend.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To threatening
Collins
World English Dictionary
threaten (ˈθrɛtən)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to be a threat to
2.  to be a menacing indication of (something); portend: dark clouds threatened rain
3.  (when tr, may take a clause as object) to express a threat to (a person or people)
 
'threatener
 
n
 
'threatening
 
adj
 
'threateningly
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Menacing body posture can be as threatening as a frightening facial expression,
  according to new research.
Thank you for your reply and concern regarding the role of fertilizer run-off
  threatening ocean life.
Tourism is regulated so that it encourages the culture instead of threatening
  it.
Federal authorities charged him with six counts of mailing threatening letters.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;