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  1. tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures.
  2. causing alarm, as by being imminent; ominous; sinister: threatening clouds.
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Origin of threatening

First recorded in 1520–30; threaten + -ing2
Related formsthreat·en·ing·ly, adverbnon·threat·en·ing, adjectivenon·threat·en·ing·ly, adverbun·threat·en·ing, adjectiveun·threat·en·ing·ly, adverb


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2. See imminent, ominous.
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clear, favorable, calm, dry, fine, clarion, balmy, clement, mild, placid, pleasant, pretty, sunny, tranquil, unclouded, sunshiny, unthreatening

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  • But most of the insect world was neither so helpless nor so unthreatening.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Not all the insect world was so helpless or so unthreatening.

    The Mad Planet

    Murray Leinster