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threatening

adjective

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1 giving signs of immediate occurrence
  • economists warning of a threatening recession

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3 involving potential loss or injury
  • threatening rocks lined that narrow stretch of the river through which we would be rafting

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threatening

verb
present participle of threaten

Synonyms of threatening (Entry 2 of 2)

to remain poised to inflict harm, danger, or distress on
  • the powerful hurricane continues to threaten the southern coastline

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The first known use of threatening was in 1530

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“Threatening.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/threatening. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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