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Definition of threatening adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1expressing a threat of harm or violence synonym menacing threatening letters threatening behavior The house seemed less threatening in the cold light of day. opposite nonthreatening
  2. 2(of the sky, clouds, etc.) showing that bad weather is likely The sky was dark and threatening.
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adverb He glared at her threateningly.
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