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.

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