Synonyms and Antonyms of menacing
1 being or showing a sign of evil or calamity to come <warns that the emergence of new viruses is one of the most menacing developments we face> Synonyms baleful, dire, direful, doomy, foreboding, ill, ill-boding, inauspicious, ominous, minatory, portentous, sinister, threateningRelated Words black, bleak, cheerless, chill, Cimmerian, cloudy, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, depressive, desolate, dim, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, dreich [chiefly Scottish], elegiac (also elegiacal), forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, gray (also grey), lonely, lonesome, lugubrious, miserable, morbid, morose, murky, plutonian, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen, sunless, tenebrific, tenebrous, wretched; discouraging, disheartening, hopeless, unfavorable, unpromising, unpropitious; ill-fated, ill-starred, star-crossed, troubled, unfortunate, unlucky; evil, malign, malignantNear Antonyms auspicious, benign, bright, encouraging, favorable, golden, heartening, hopeful, promising, propitious, prosperousAntonyms unthreatening
2 involving potential loss or injury <fears that the unemployment rate may be reaching menacing proportions> Synonyms grave, grievous, hazardous, jeopardizing, dangerous, parlous, perilous, risky, serious, threatening, unhealthy, unsafe, venturesomeRelated Words dicey, insecure, precarious, treacherous, uncertain; ultrahazardous; chance, haphazard, random; distressing, sickening, unpleasant; ugly, wicked; adverse, bad, baleful, baneful, deleterious, detrimental, evil, harmful, hurtful, ill, inimical, injurious, malignant, nasty, noxious, pernicious, pestilent; deadly, deathly, destructive, dire, fatal, fateful, fell, killer, lethal, mortal, murderousNear Antonyms advantageous, beneficial, good; ultrasafeAntonyms harmless, innocent, innocuous, nonhazardous, nonthreatening, safe, unthreatening
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