Threatening - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈθretnɪŋ|  American pronunciation of the word threatening
Brit.  |ˈθrɛt(ə)nɪŋ|  British pronunciation of the word threatening
- this word is used as a present participle form of the verb 'to be'to threaten
- threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments (syn: baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister)
his threatening behavior
- darkened by clouds (syn: heavy, lowering, sullen)


Civil war has been threatening the country for years.

His voice sounded threatening.

He is threatening to out other players who have used steroids.

She responded to their decision by threatening to quit.

...the new neighbor is threatening to become a nuisance, dropping in on us several times a day...

He hijacked a truck, threatening the driver at gunpoint.

...shouldn't you hooligans be in school instead of threatening old ladies?...

...the nonstop torrential rains were threatening to produce an alluvion of biblical proportions...

...rowdies had overtaken the neighborhood and were threatening people on the street...

...some yobbo has been threatening shopkeepers in the East End...

The criminals extorted money from the shopkeepers by threatening them with violence.

He stood, a threatening figure, framed in the doorway.

Cherry is surrounded by threatening creatures, mostly the nightclub heavies.

The trees look like threatening figures, silhouetted against the evening sky.

A storm is threatening.

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