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Synonyms for threatening
ˈθrɛt n ɪŋthreat·en·ing

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. threatening

    Imminent, from the Latin, with the sense of projecting over, signifies liable to happen at once, as some calamity, dangerous and close at hand. Impending, also from the Latin, with the sense of hanging over, is closely akin to imminent, but somewhat less emphatic. Imminent is more immediate, impending more remote, threatening more contingent. An impending evil is almost sure to happen at some uncertain time, perhaps very near; an imminent peril is one liable to befall very speedily; a threatening peril may be near or remote, but always with hope that it may be averted.

    Synonyms:
    imminent, impending

    Antonyms:
    chimerical, contingent, doubtful, improbable, problematical, unexpected, unlikely

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. threatening

    Synonyms:
    menacing, intimidating, minatory, comminatory, minacious, foreboding, unpromising, imminent, impending

    Antonyms:
    encouraging, promising, reassuring, enticing, passed, overpast, withdrawn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threateningadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    grim, inauspicious, sullen, minacious, baneful, lowering, black, baleful, dark, sinister, heavy, minatory, dour, ominous, menacing, ill, forbidding

    Antonyms:
    unalarming, clear

  2. heavy, lowering, sullen, threateningadjective

    darkened by clouds

    "a heavy sky"

    Synonyms:
    ominous, laboured, sullen, laborious, overweight, toilsome, intemperate, forbidding, with child(p), sound, dark, wakeless, dense, grueling, dour, heavy(p), grave, cloggy, heavy(a), large(p), baleful, clayey, enceinte, minatory, menacing, grievous, glowering, fleshy, sour, weighed down, hard, weighty, impenetrable, gruelling, expectant, lumbering, ponderous, backbreaking, sonorous, great(p), profound, operose, saturnine, heavy, arduous, big(a), labored, moody, morose, punishing, glum, gravid, big(p), minacious, lowering, leaden, sinister

    Antonyms:
    unalarming, clear

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. threateningadjective

    Synonyms:
    menacing, impending, impendent, imminent, minatory

  2. threateningnoun

    Synonyms:
    commination, threat, denunciation, menace

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. threateningadjective

    Synonyms:
    imminent, ominous, impending, minatory, fulminating

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How to use threatening in a sentence?

  1. Michelle Akler:

    There are contact lenses that are approved for overnight wear, and even though that is an approved use there are many studies that show that this is the main risk factor for these severe sight-threatening infections like the one this person developed.

  2. Attorney Eric Nelson:

    And now that we have U.S. representatives … threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case, it's mind boggling.

  3. Michael Failla:

    There was a time Michael Failla called me sobbing and said Michael Failla'd heard The Taliban was going door to door in the neighborhood, michael Failla was threatening to jump off a building because Michael Failla thought it would be a less painful way to die than getting caught and beheaded by the Taliban as a gay man.

  4. John Boehner:

    Unfortunately, by threatening two of these bipartisan jobs bills, the president essentially is telling the American people he really doesn't care what they think.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    House Republicans are seeking to disguise their efforts, threatening our national security in order to undermine the president’s clear legal authority, we will not be enablers to a Republican government shutdown, partial or otherwise.


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