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  • verbwarn, pressure
  • verbendanger

synonyms for threaten

  • intimidate
  • menace
  • scare
  • abuse
  • admonish
  • augur
  • blackmail
  • bluster
  • browbeat
  • bully
  • caution
  • comminate
  • cow
  • enforce
  • forebode
  • forewarn
  • fulminate
  • growl
  • portend
  • presage
  • pressurize
  • scowl
  • snarl
  • spook
  • terrorize
  • torment
  • flex muscles
  • look daggers
  • make threat
  • push around
  • shake fist at
  • walk heavy
See also synonyms for: threatened / threatening / threatens
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antonyms for threaten

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  • assist
  • help
  • approve
  • commend
  • compliment
  • defend
  • flatter
  • please
  • praise
  • alleviate
  • guard
  • protect
  • relieve
  • save
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How to use threaten in a sentence

A deadly pig disease has just entered Germany for the first time, threatening to hammer exports from Europe’s biggest hog-producing nation.
EUROPE IS ON HIGH ALERT AFTER A DEADLY SWINE VIRUS EMERGES IN GERMANYBERNHARD WARNERSEPTEMBER 10, 2020FORTUNE
The scuttlebutt was that about half a million dollars of advertising was threatening to walk unless something was done.
WHEN DID GAVIN MCINNES LOSE HIS MIND?EUGENE ROBINSONSEPTEMBER 6, 2020OZY
McDade subsequently threatened his attackers in a Facebook Live video he made.
TONY MCDADE CASE LEAVES MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONSMICHAEL K. LAVERSSEPTEMBER 4, 2020WASHINGTON BLADE
One could ask why trying to persuade someone to wear a mask would threaten their dignity.
IN THE TIME OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE WHO REFUSES TO WEAR A MASK? A PHILOSOPHER WEIGHS INLGBTQ-EDITORAUGUST 30, 2020NO STRAIGHT NEWS
A pandemic threatening to rip through the world’s population again.
INSIDE THE HORMONES, POLITICS, AND TECHNOLOGY FUELING A GLOBAL STOCK MARKET BUBBLEJOHN DETRIXHEAUGUST 30, 2020QUARTZ
Some were created to preserve deals threatened by the coronavirus.
‘NOTHING QUITE LIKE BEING FORCED’: PUBLISHERS WHIP UP QUICKER, CHEAPER AD PRODUCTS FOR ADVERTISERSMAX WILLENSAUGUST 27, 2020DIGIDAY
The drivers plan to display an 8-foot inflatable baby outside Uber’s headquarters, suggesting the companies are acting like children by “threatening to take their ball and go home” if they don’t get their way.
LYFT PLANS TO SUSPEND CALIFORNIA RIDES AT MIDNIGHT, BARRING A COURT DECISIONDANIELLE ABRILAUGUST 20, 2020FORTUNE
Unsurprisingly, then, people respond automatically and defensively to information that threatens the worldview of groups with which they identify.
CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES HIGHLIGHT HOW HUMANS ARE HARDWIRED TO DISMISS FACTS THAT DON’T FIT THEIR WORLDVIEWLGBTQ-EDITORJULY 2, 2020NO STRAIGHT NEWS
There are no chains to my prison, no steel cuffs to gall the limbs, no guards to threaten and cow me.
THE SOLDIER OF THE VALLEYNELSON LLOYD
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