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Definitions of threaten

  1.   to be a menacing indication of something:" The clouds threaten rain"; " Danger threatens"
  2.   Threatening.
  3.   To utter evil intentions against; be dangerous to; menace; foretell ( evil).
  4.   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.
  5.   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.
  6.   To use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening appearance.
  7.   to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:" He threatened me when I tried to call the police"
  8.   pose a threat to; present a danger to; " The pollution is endangering the crops"
  9.   To utter menaces; give notice of coming evil or danger.
  10.   To utter menaces or threats against; be ominous or portentous of.
  11.   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.
  12.   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.
  13.   To menace.
  14.   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.
  15.   To employ threats; have a menacing aspect.

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. Do you presume to threaten me? ” – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  2. What do you want to threaten me for? ” – A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly by Henry James
  3. “ " 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
  4. With what d'ye threaten us? ” – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  5. 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
  6. It wasn't the police, because they had converting with which to threaten him. ” – Tangle Hold by F. L. Wallace
  7. 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
  8. “ Chatti, Mattiaci, and Usipi threaten Mainz. ” – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  9. “ " Depart, or-" " Do you mean to threaten me?" ” – The Associate Hermits by Frank R. Stockton
  10. 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
  11. “ I'll advise 'em and you threaten 'em. ” – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  12. 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
  13. What are your dangers which threaten the Establishment? ” – Political Pamphlets by George Saintsbury
  14. And so you threaten to send word around to the boys to knife me on election day? ” – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  15. Some went so far as to threaten Johnson's life. ” – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  16. So, you threaten us, do you? ” – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  17. 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
  18. “ " And still they threaten another strike," says the general manager. ” – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  19. “ " 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)
  20. 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

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