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Etymology edit

From threaten +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation edit

  • enPR: thrĕt′ənĭŋ, IPA(key): /ˈθɹɛt.n̩.ɪŋ/
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  • Hyphenation: threat‧en‧ing

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  1. present participle and gerund of threaten

Adjective edit

threatening (comparative more threatening, superlative most threatening)

  1. Presenting a threat, posing a likely risk of harm.
    Never turn your back to someone who is displaying threatening behavior.
  2. Making threats, making statements about a willingness to cause harm.

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Noun edit

threatening (countable and uncountable, plural threatenings)

  1. An act of threatening; a threat.