Definition of threatening adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈθretnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθretnɪŋ//
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  1. 1  expressing a threat of harm or violence synonym menacing threatening letters threatening behaviour The house seemed less threatening in the cold light of day.
  2. 2  (of the sky, clouds, etc.) showing that bad weather is likely The sky was dark and threatening.
  3. Extra examples I found an extremely threatening message on my answering machine. seriously threatening behaviour adopting a threatening posture towards an opponent people who send threatening letters or make obscene phone calls
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