threat´en|ing|ly

threat´en|ing|ly
threat|en «THEHT uhn», transitive verb.
1. to make a threat against; say what will be done to hurt or punish: »

to threaten a person with imprisonment. The farmer threatened to shoot any dog that killed one of his sheep.

2. Figurative. to give warning of (coming trouble); be a sign of (possible evil or harm): »

Black clouds threaten a storm.

SYNONYM(S): portend, presage, forebode, augur.
3. Figurative. to be a cause or source of possible evil or harm to: »

A flood threatened the city.

–v.i.
1. to be or pose a threat.
2. to say threats: »

She threatens and scolds too much. Do you mean to threaten?

3. to allow oneself to be threatened: »

Say what you will, I don't threaten easily.

[Old English thrēatnian press; urge on; afflict < thrēat; see etym. under threat (Cf.threat)]
threat´en|er, noun.
threat´en|ing|ly, adverb.
Synonym Study transitive verb. 1 Threaten, menace mean to indicate the intention of harming someone. Threaten applies when one is trying to force someone to do (or not to do) something and warns him of the consequences if he does not obey: »

The robber threatened to gag her if she screamed.

Menace applies when one tries to frighten someone by means of a look, movement, or weapon: »

He menaced her with a gun.


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