Thesaurus

threatening

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of threatening

  1. 1 giving signs of immediate occurrence economists warning of a threatening recession Synonyms of threatening impending, looming, pending, imminentWords Related to threatening approaching, coming, forthcoming, future, near, nearing, oncoming, upcoming; brewing, gathering; likely, possible, probable; inevitable, unavoidable; apocalyptic (also apocalyptical), lowering, menacing, ominous, portentous; anticipated, awaited, expected, foreseen, predictedNear Antonyms of threatening distant, far-off, remote; eventual, ultimate; bygone, former, past; late, recent

  2. 2 being or showing a sign of evil or calamity to come a threatening silence followed the loud thump in the adjoining motel room Synonyms of threatening baleful, dire, direful, doomy, foreboding, ill, ill-boding, inauspicious, menacing, minatory, portentous, sinister, ominousWords Related to threatening 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 of threatening auspicious, benign, bright, encouraging, favorable, golden, heartening, hopeful, promising, propitious, prosperousAntonyms of threatening unthreatening

  3. 3 involving potential loss or injury threatening rocks lined that narrow stretch of the river through which we would be rafting Synonyms of threatening grave, grievous, hazardous, jeopardizing, menacing, parlous, perilous, risky, serious, dangerous, unhealthy, unsafe, venturesomeWords Related to threatening 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 of threatening advantageous, beneficial, good; ultrasafeAntonyms of threatening harmless, innocent, innocuous, nonhazardous, nonthreatening, safe, unthreatening



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