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  • verbwarn, pressure
  • verbendanger

synonyms for threatens

  • 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
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antonyms for threatens

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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 threatens in a sentence

The legal framework of the State and of obedience to the law in which industrial society is set threatens to break asunder.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
The attempt at social change threatens a social revolution in which the whole elaborate mechanism would burst into fragments.
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Gee Gee threatens to take 89 my standing up with Mr. Sharp if I dont do well, too.
THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH ON THE STAGEGERTRUDE W. MORRISON
Less can be said to justify the extravagant language in which Almanzor threatens his enemies, and vaunts his own importance.
THE WORKS OF JOHN DRYDEN, VOLUME 4 (OF 18)JOHN DRYDEN
But on the other hand, Magazines are forming, troops marching, in a style which threatens Gibraltar.
PRIVATE LETTERS OF EDWARD GIBBON (1753-1794) VOLUME 1 (OF 2)EDWARD GIBBON
To enter them with a regular force is an operation which threatens it with destruction.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND IN THREE VOLUMES, VOL.III.E. FARR AND E. H. NOLAN
She even threatens to strike the bell, when the Count de Carojac appears, and warns his rival to desist.
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When any new danger threatens they lay the blame on Moses; they even foolishly regret that they had not died in Egypt.
BEACON LIGHTS OF HISTORY, VOLUME IIJOHN LORD
"Then the government knows, better than we do, that the border trouble threatens to grow acute," remarked Lieutenant Sears.
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It threatens his whole doctrine of compact, and its darling derivatives, nullification and secession, with instant confutation.
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