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threatening

[thret-n-ing] /ˈθrɛt n ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending or intended to menace:
threatening gestures.
2.
causing alarm, as by being imminent; ominous; sinister:
threatening clouds.
Origin of threatening
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; threaten + -ing2
Related forms
threateningly, adverb
nonthreatening, adjective
nonthreateningly, adverb
unthreatening, adjective
unthreateningly, adverb
Synonyms
2. See imminent, ominous.
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