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v. threat·ened, threat·en·ing, threat·ens
1. To express a threat against or give indications of taking hostile action against: threatened his neighbor with a knife.
2. To be a source of danger to; endanger: Landslides threatened the mountain village.
3. To give signs or warning of; portend: clouds threatening rain.
4. To announce the possibility of (something) in a threat or prediction: workers threatening a walkout; a customer threatening to sue for fraud.
5. To cause (someone) to feel that his or her power, social standing, or self-esteem is in danger of being diminished: felt threatened by his colleague's promotion.
1. To express or use threats.
2. To indicate or be a source of danger or harm: "When World War II threatened, Broadway turned to patriotic extravaganzas" (Deanne Stillman).

threat′en·er n.
threat′en·ing·ly adv.
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Tope by shifty resources in which he is an adept, Deputy peeps, sharp-eyed, through the bars, and stares astounded from the threatener to the threatened.
one can of course bluff, to persuade the other falsely that the costs or damages to the threatener would be minor or negative.
Boulding stresses the importance of the integrative system in that it "establishes community between the threatener and the threatened and produces common values and common interest" (p.
150) The Court has referred to two situations to illustrate the problems with a misplaced emphasis on temporal proximity: battered women who are so "psychologically traumatized by the threatener that .
Importantly, the threatener and the intermediary are equally
259) If under the grip of delusional beliefs such an agent were to strike out at a perceived threatener, she would not be morally responsible for her actions and therefore not deserving of legal punishment.
Menaces to moral character generate comparable emotions irrespective of the status of the threatener.
That a threat was lawful for the threatener doesn't make it less coercive for the threatened.
The threatener lacks direct power over the oblique target; he can merely pressure her by attacking her interests in the hostage's safety.
By alerting public safety officials of their intent and the date of the attack, a threatener sets off a predictable chain of events resulting in additional security measures (e.
Five of the original victims were eventually killed by the threatener, and for three others the threatener was later convicted of attempting to murder them.