- threatened species,
- three age system,
- three cheers for,
- three fires,
- three hours
Origin of threatening
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of threaten
Examples from the Web for threatening
Neither is unnerved by her apparent anger, nor do they see her as threatening.
Now hackers are threatening to bomb any theater that shows it.Six Must-Read Stories About the Sony Hacks, Congo’s Forgotten Colonial Getaway and Another Woman’s Story of U-VA|The Daily Beast|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the sunlight is threatening to fade and a three-and-a-half-hour river journey back to Kisangani looms.
Israel commonly holds people suspected of threatening national security for long periods without access to legal counsel.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist|Creede Newton|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His first feature film, Jellyfish Eyes, debuted last year and was set in a town near a threatening nuclear power plant.
In threatening to tear the mote from his eye, what about a certain obstruction in mine?The Chauffeur and the Chaperon|C. N. Williamson
Never had she seen her father's face so dark, so threatening.The Unwilling Vestal|Edward Lucas White
Along its banks bright shapes were moving ever,And threatening shadows melted into mist.Julia Ward Howe|Laura E. Richards
At last came a bright sunny morning, free from any threatening cloud-bank out to sea.By Forest Ways in New Zealand|F. A. Roberts
It has never found that the necessary enjoyment of such a peace could be maintained only by a great and threatening array of arms.
Old English þreatnian (see threat). Related: Threatened. Threatening in the sense of "portending no good" is recorded from 1520s.