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Meaning & Definition of Threatening in English

English

Threatening

/θrɛtənɪŋ/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • baleful
  • ,
  • forbidding
  • ,
  • menacing
  • ,
  • minacious
  • ,
  • minatory
  • ,
  • ominous
  • ,
  • sinister
  • ,
  • threatening

2. Darkened by clouds

  • "A heavy sky"
    synonym:
  • heavy
  • ,
  • lowering
  • ,
  • sullen
  • ,
  • threatening

Examples of using

Are you threatening me?
The mayor's family was harassed with threatening phone calls all day.
Are you threatening me?