threateningly

threatening

[thret-n-ing]
adjective
1.
tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures.
2.
causing alarm, as by being imminent; ominous; sinister: threatening clouds.

Origin:
1520–30; threaten + -ing2

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


2. See imminent, ominous.
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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

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