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threatening adj
1 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" [syn: baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, ugly]
2 darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky" [syn: heavy, lowering, sullen]

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Verb

threatening
  1. present participle of threaten

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Adjective

  1. Presenting a threat; menacing; frightening.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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