threateningly


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threat·en

 (thrĕt′n)
v. threat·ened, threat·en·ing, threat·ens
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.threateningly - in a menacing mannerthreateningly - in a menacing manner; "the voice at the other end of the line dropped menacingly"
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Translations
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threateningly

[ˈθretnɪŋlɪ] ADV [behave] → de modo amenazador; [say] → en tono amenazador
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

threateningly

[ˈθrɛtənɪŋli] adv [say] → sur un ton menaçant; [look] → d'un air menaçant
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

threateningly

advdrohend; the sky darkened threateninglyder Himmel verfinsterte sich bedrohlich
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

threateningly

[ˈθrɛtnɪŋlɪ] advminacciosamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
He did not finish, for two powerful hands grasped him by the neck and the same two horrible voices growled threateningly: "Now we have you!"
Discovering that I was a stranger, he lifted a thick cudgel that he carried with him, shook it threateningly, and called to me in his own language (as I gathered by his actions) to stand back.
"Put back that pistol first," it said threateningly.
As the beasts surrounded her, chattering threateningly the while they goaded her with their cudgels and beat and kicked her with their fists and feet, she lay with closed eyes, praying for the merciful death that she knew alone could give her surcease from suffering; but it did not come, and presently the fifty frightful men realized that their victim was no longer able to walk, and so they picked her up and carried her the balance of the journey.
At such times her running mates flashed their teeth and growled threateningly across at each other.
But both the Lion and Tiger snarled so fiercely and bared their strong, sharp teeth so threateningly, that the men drew back in alarm.
A partridge, indeed, with a brood of ten behind her, ran forward threateningly, but soon repented of her fierceness, and clucked to her young ones not to be afraid.
And at this there came suddenly a lowering shadow over his face, and he tightened his grasp upon my hand and raised a forefinger threateningly before my eyes.
"Hold I say, else I shall have to bloody those fair locks of yours!" And he swung his quarter-staff threateningly.
He beat a retreat toward the market, but there he met Planchet with his halberdiers; their halberds were leveled at him threateningly. He attempted to ride over those gray cloaks, but the gray cloaks held their ground and the marshal retired toward the Rue Saint Honore, leaving four of his guards dead on the field of battle.
From every quarter of the coliseum swords flashed and men rushed threateningly upon the Zodangans.
Grief and jealousy and rage seized him, and he cried out hoarsely; he was inarticulate; he clenched his fists and raised them threateningly at an invisible enemy.