Hypertext Webster Gateway: "threatening"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Threaten \Threat"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Threatened}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Threatening}.] [OE. [thorn]retenen. See {Threat}, v.
1. To utter threats against; to menace; to inspire with
apprehension; to alarm, or attempt to alarm, as with the
promise of something evil or disagreeable; to warn.

Let us straitly threaten them, that they speak
henceforth to no man in this name. --Acts iv. 17.

2. To exhibit the appearance of (something evil or
unpleasant) as approaching; to indicate as impending; to
announce the conditional infliction of; as, to threaten
war; to threaten death. --Milton.

The skies look grimly And threaten present blusters.

Syn: To menace.

Usage: {Threaten}, {Menace}. Threaten is Anglo-Saxon, and
menace is Latin. As often happens, the former is the
more familiar term; the latter is more employed in
formal style. We are threatened with a drought; the
country is menaced with war.

By turns put on the suppliant and the lord:
Threatened this moment, and the next implored.

Of the sharp ax Regardless, that o'er his
devoted head Hangs menacing. --Somerville.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Threatening \Threat"en*ing\,
a. & n. from {Threaten}, v. -- {Threat"en*ing*ly}, adv.

{Threatening letters} (Law), letters containing threats,
especially those designed to extort money, or to obtain
other property, by menaces; blackmailing letters.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a
baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone
became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent";
"sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his
threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the
situation became ugly" [syn: {baleful}, {forbidding},
{menacing}, {minacious}, {minatory}, {ominous}, {sinister},
2: darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky" [syn: {heavy}, {lowering},

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