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Synonyms for threaten

be imminent


Synonyms for threaten

to domineer or drive into compliance by the use of as threats or force, for example

to subject to danger or destruction

to give warning signs of (impending peril)

Synonyms for threaten

pose a threat to

to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:"He threatened me when I tried to call the police"

Related Words

to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"

References in classic literature ?
I think that's a stick," said Cornelius calmly, "but I don't suppose you will threaten me with that.
His son Haemon, to whom Antigone is betrothed, pleads in vain for her life and threatens to die with her.
For what dread of want or poverty that can reach or harass the student can compare with what the soldier feels, who finds himself beleaguered in some stronghold mounting guard in some ravelin or cavalier, knows that the enemy is pushing a mine towards the post where he is stationed, and cannot under any circumstances retire or fly from the imminent danger that threatens him?
Knowing what we know, it is not to be concealed that this circumstance threatens us with more embarrassment, and perhaps with more distress.
For example, the author of an anonymous communication may claim allegiance to a known terrorist group and threaten a city with a radiological device.
Do not threaten or attack other passengers: Passengers and crew members could also see such behavior as part of an attempted hijacking or act of sabotage.
The backside Post (X) and the strong-side Post-Corner (Z) keep the safeties on the hash, giving our Y the opportunity to threaten the middle of the field.