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Adjective: threatening  thret-ning or thre-t(u)n-ing
  1. Indicating evil intent or suggesting tragic developments
    "his threatening behaviour";
    - baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister
     
  2. Darkened by clouds
    "a threatening sky";
    - heavy, lowering[2], sullen, lowery, louring, loury
Verb: threaten  thre-t(u)n
  1. Pose a threat to; present a danger to
    "The pollution is threatening the crops";
    - endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise [Brit], menace, imperil, peril
     
  2. To utter intentions of injury or punishment against
    "He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
     
  3. To be a menacing indication of something
    "The clouds threaten rain"; "Danger threatens"

See also: alarming, cloudy

Type of: augur, auspicate, be, betoken [archaic], bode, exist, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, foretoken, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate, warn

Encyclopedia: Threatening