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threat·en·ing

 (thrĕt′n-nĭng)
adj.
1. Making or implying threats: a threatening phone call.
2. Gving warning signs of bad weather: threatening skies.
3. Causing the feeling that one's power, social standing, or self-esteem is in danger of being diminished: found the criticism threatening.

threat•en•ing

(ˈθrɛt n ɪŋ)

adj.
1. tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures.
2. ominous: threatening clouds.
threat′en•ing•ly, adv.
syn: See ominous.

Threatening

 of courtiers—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.threatening - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developmentsthreatening - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
2.threatening - darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky"
cloudy - full of or covered with clouds; "cloudy skies"

threatening

adjective
1. menacing, bullying, intimidatory, terrorizing, minatory, comminatory The police should have charged them with threatening behaviour.
2. ominous, sinister, forbidding, grim, baleful, inauspicious, bodeful a threatening atmosphere of rising tension and stress
ominous promising, encouraging, reassuring, bright, comforting, favourable, auspicious, propitious

threatening

adjective
Expressing, indicating, or warning of an impending danger or misfortune:
Translations
výhružný
truende
uhkaava
prijeteći
脅すような
위협적인
grozeč
hotfull
ที่ขู่เข็ญ
đe dọa

threatening

[ˈθretnɪŋ] ADJ
1. (= menacing) [letter, gesture, phone call] → amenazador, de amenaza; [manner, voice] → amenazador
some men find her threateningalgunos hombres se sienten intimidados por ella
threatening behaviourcomportamiento m intimidatorio, conducta f intimidatoria or amenazadora
2. (= unpromising) [clouds, sky] → amenazador
the weather looked threateningamenazaba temporal

threatening

[ˈθrɛtənɪŋ] adj
[person, manner, behaviour] → menaçant(e)
He looked very threatening → Il avait l'air très menaçant.
[letter] → de menace
[sky, clouds] → menaçant(e)

threatening

adjdrohend; weather, clouds also, situationbedrohlich; a threatening letter/phone callein Drohbrief m/-anruf m; threatening behaviourDrohungen pl; to find somebody threateningsich von jdm bedroht fühlen

threatening

[ˈθrɛtnɪŋ] adjminaccioso/a

threatening

تَهْدِيدِيّ výhružný truende drohend απειλητικός amenazador uhkaava menaçant prijeteći minaccioso 脅すような 위협적인 dreigend truende groźny ameaçador угрожающий hotfull ที่ขู่เข็ญ tehdit edici đe dọa 胁迫的
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Jo wanted very much to ask what his own way was, but his black brows looked rather threatening as he knit them, so she changed the subject by saying, as her foot kept time, "That's a splendid polka
My mother loved my brother much more than she did me, although he never said a kind word to either of us and always raved up and down threatening us if we dared so much as touch the money that sometimes lay on the table three days.
Followed by the threatening Indians, the Bumper party made its way back to the entrance.
She grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby threatening its dissolution.
The low, muttering sounds of his threatening voice were still audible, when the wounded foal, first rearing on its hinder legs, plunged forward to its knees.
By some good agency,--possibly, by the unrecognized interposition of the long-buried Alice herself,--the threatening calamity was averted.
But Pearl, who was a dauntless child, after frowning, stamping her foot, and shaking her little hand with a variety of threatening gestures, suddenly made a rush at the knot of her enemies, and put them all to flight.
The vast swells of the omnipotent sea; the surging, hollow roar they made, as they rolled along the eight gunwales, like gigantic bowls in a boundless bowling-green; the brief suspended agony of the boat, as it would tip for an instant on the knife-like edge of the sharper waves, that almost seemed threatening to cut it in two; the sudden profound dip into the watery glens and hollows; the keen spurrings and goadings to gain the top of the opposite hill; the headlong, sled-like slide down its other side; --all these, with the cries of the headsmen and harpooneers, and the shuddering gasps of the oarsmen, with the wondrous sight of the ivory Pequod bearing down upon her boats with outstretched sails, like a wild hen after her screaming brood; --all this was thrilling.
Then there were more outcries and threatening, until at last Jurgis had a vision of a pair of elephantine legs disappearing through the trap door, and felt the house shake as Madame Haupt started to walk.
Well, I reckon," was the reply of the other, as he dodged, with some alarm, the threatening honor.
the coming storm threatening more and more, with now and then a little shiver of wind, a faint show of lightning, and dull grumblings of distant thunder.
By this time the sea was running inches high, and threatening every moment to engulf the frail bark.