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[thret-n-ing] /ˈθrɛt n ɪŋ/
tending or intended to menace:
threatening gestures.
causing alarm, as by being imminent; ominous; sinister:
threatening clouds.
Origin of threatening
1520-30; threaten + -ing2
Related forms
threateningly, adverb
nonthreatening, adjective
nonthreateningly, adverb
unthreatening, adjective
unthreateningly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He took a heavy paperweight and lifted it threateningly, but at once put it back in its place.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • When she recognized M. Vulfran she raised her arm to him threateningly.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • And he threateningly threw a coil of stout rope off a belaying-pin by way of hastening the movements of the two men.

    Dick Leslie's Luck Harry Collingwood
  • He stepped forward, threateningly, his face dark with wrath.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • He advanced, threateningly, and none of the crowd undertook to protect Weeks from his obvious anger.

  • But only at intervals, when they appear too threateningly near.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • And the wind sang its song without—not threateningly, but rather in mirth; and the fire burnt brightly, within.

    Agatha's Husband Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • "I am going to give you the facts," began Hatteras, threateningly.

  • Right above his head, and threateningly suspended directly over the Castle, was a meteor of unwonted size and brilliancy.

    Baron Bruno Louisa Morgan
  • "You will see that I can scratch," she rejoined, threateningly.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit Amanda Minnie Douglas

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