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The official's voice was charged with threatening as he went on.

But it settled down again, black and threatening, before spring came.

The political controversy, however fierce and threatening, is only for power.

And so the report came to me that the workers were threatening strike.

It was some moments before, under the girl's threatening eyes, she could speak at all.

No harm seemed to come of it, while the noises the gods made were certainly not threatening.

Here was no meat, nothing but a threatening and inedible silence.

It was the hush of portent, the hush of watchfulness, the hush of a threatening tension.

The mob was now threatening; every moment the peril was increasing.

Nor was there anything the least threatening about his appearance.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English þreatnian (see threat). Related: Threatened. Threatening in the sense of "portending no good" is recorded from 1520s.

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