Definitions of threaten

  1.   pose a threat to present a danger to The pollution is endangering the crops
  2.   to utter intentions of injury or punishment against He threatened me when I tried to call the police
  3.   to be a menacing indication of something The clouds threaten rain Danger threatens
  4.   To utter threats against to menace to inspire with apprehension to alarm or attempt to alarm as with the promise of something evil or disagreeable to warn
  5.   To exhibit the appearance of something evil or unpleasant as approaching to indicate as impending to announce the conditional infliction of as to threaten war to threaten death
  6.   To use threats or menaces also to have a threatening appearance
  7.   Threatening
  8.   To utter menaces give notice of coming evil or danger
  9.   To utter evil intentions against be dangerous to menace foretell evil
  10.   To declare the intention of inflicting punishment or other evil upon another to terrify by menaces to present the appearance of coming evil or of something unpleasant
  11.   To menace
  12.   To utter menaces or threats against be ominous or portentous of
  13.   To employ threats have a menacing aspect
  14.   To menace or announce an intention to punish or to harm to attempt to terrify with threats to charge with threats to charge strictly to exhibit the appearance of something unpleasant approaching
  15.   To announce openly the purpose of inflicting punishment or injury on another to attempt to terrify by threats or menaces to present the appearance of coming evil to exhibit the appearance of some coming danger or evil

Quotes of threaten

  1. It is natural that we should always expect an Israeli attack even when it does not threaten – Bashar al-Assad
  2. This resolution simply says Israel has the right to defend itself This includes conducting operations both inside its borders and in the territory of nations that threaten it which is in accordance with international law – John Boehner
  3. Only seven years ago we made a treaty by which we were assured that the buffalo country should be left to us forever Now they threaten to take that from us also – Sitting Bull
  4. Oh how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who can no longer threaten us – Pierre Corneille
  5. Insurgents throughout Iraq continue to threaten our efforts and pose a danger to stability in the region They fight not for their country but rather against ours – Paul Gillmor
  6. Moreover the practical recommendations deduced from ecological principles threaten the vested interests of commerce it is hardly surprising that the financial and political power created by these investments should be used sometimes to suppress environmental impact studies – Garrett Hardin
  7. Therefore if we are a Nation of laws and a Nation of immigrants immigration should occur within a legal framework not through the machinations of illegal schemes and scams that threaten our national security – J. D. Hayworth
  8. The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home and these are ignorance superstition and incompetence – Elbert Hubbard
  9. There will always be disputes between nations which at times will inflame the public and threaten conflicts but the main thing is to educate the people of the world to be ever mindful that there are better means of settling such disputes than by war – Frank B. Kellogg
  10. The dangers which threaten us are twofold First from the Confederate forces composed of men whose earnest convictions and reckless bravery it is idle to deny – Robert Dale Owen
  11. To be clear climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room The effects of global warming threaten global environmental upheaval over the coming century But for South Florida and the Everglades it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  12. Change can either challenge or threaten us Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you – Marsha Sinetar
  13. Please understand the reason why Chinese vegetables taste so good It is simple The Chinese do not cook them they just threaten them – Jeff Smith
  14. Two dangers constantly threaten the world order and disorder – Paul Valery

Usage examples for threaten

  1. So you threaten us do you – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  2. But place yourself here and when Death comes I expect him every moment do not let him pluck the flower up but threaten him that you will do the same with the others – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  3. Some went so far as to threaten Johnson's life – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  4. Depart or Do you mean to threaten me – The Associate Hermits by Frank R. Stockton
  5. And so you threaten to send word around to the boys to knife me on election day – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  6. What are your dangers which threaten the Establishment – Political Pamphlets by George Saintsbury
  7. And I'm thinking that no foe will ever threaten any of the nations that fought against the Hun that does no threaten them a' ” – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  8. It wasn't the police because they had converting with which to threaten him – Tangle Hold by F. L. Wallace
  9. “ Chatti Mattiaci and Usipi threaten Mainz ” – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  10. What do you want to threaten me for ” – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by Henry James
  11. He expected that they would obey whatever rules were necessary for the good of the school but did not threaten them with punishment – Winning His Way by Charles Carleton Coffin
  12. They threaten thee terrible things for what reason I know not – Stories from the Italian Poets: With Lives of the Writers, Vol. 2 by Leigh Hunt
  13. Do you presume to threaten me – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  14. And did I think overmuch I should feel that I could have no calmness needful to sleep but to need to walk for ever until I died which could not be long and so should I make a foolishness of mine anxious journeying to do her true service and to save her from Destruction if such did truly threaten – The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson
  15. “ I'll advise 'em and you threaten 'em ” – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  16. You called me and I am here Helene said the young man what do you fear what dangers threaten you – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  17. Yet our basic goal remains the same a peaceful world community of free and independent states free to choose their own future and their own system so long as it does not threaten the freedom of others – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  18. And still they threaten another strike says the general manager – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  19. With what d'ye threaten us ” – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  20. But though no dangers seemed to threaten from without there were certain dangers within that made it most desirable for them to get away from Baker's and into their own little home without a moment's unnecessary delay – The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight by Elizabeth von Arnim

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