Dictionary Results for threatening


1. threaten - verb

· pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops"

Synonym(s): endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, imperil, peril

Hypernym(s): exist, be




2. threaten - verb

· to utter intentions of injury or punishment against; "He threatened me when I tried to call the police"

Hypernym(s): warn




3. threaten - verb

· to be a menacing indication of something; "The clouds threaten rain"; "Danger threatens"

Hypernym(s): bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predict




4. threatening - adjective

· 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(s): baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister




5. threatening - adjective

· darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky"

Synonym(s): heavy, lowering, sullen





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