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Threatener vs. Threaten

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Threatenernoun

One who threatens.

Threatenverb

To make a threat against someone; to use threats.

‘He threatened me with a knife.’;

Threatenernoun

One who threatens.

Threatenverb

To menace, or be dangerous.

‘The rocks threatened the ship's survival.’;

Threatenverb

To portend, or give a warning of.

‘The black clouds threatened heavy rain.’;

Threatenverb

(figuratively) To be close to equaling or surpassing (a record, etc.)

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Threatenverb

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.

‘Let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.’;

Threatenverb

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.

‘The skies look grimlyAnd threaten present blusters.’; ‘By turns put on the suppliant and the lord:Threatened this moment, and the next implored.’; ‘Of the sharp axRegardless, that o'er his devoted headHangs menacing.’;

Threatenverb

To use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening appearance.

‘Though the seas threaten, they are merciful.’;

Threatenverb

pose a threat to; present a danger to;

‘The pollution is endangering the crops’;

Threatenverb

to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:

‘He threatened me when I tried to call the police’;

Threatenverb

to be a menacing indication of something:

‘The clouds threaten rain’; ‘Danger threatens’;

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Threatenverb

state one's intention to take hostile action against (someone) in retribution for something done or not done

‘how dare you threaten me?’; ‘the men threatened staff with a handgun’; ‘‘I might sue for damages,’ he threatened’;

Threatenverb

state one's intention to do (something undesirable) in retribution

‘she forced a scene and Toby threatened to leave’; ‘the trade unions threatened a general strike’;

Threatenverb

cause (someone or something) to be vulnerable or at risk; endanger

‘one of four London hospitals threatened with closure’; ‘a broken finger threatened his career’;

Threatenverb

seem likely to produce an unpleasant or unwelcome result

‘the air was raw and threatened rain’; ‘the dispute threatened to spread to other cities’;

Threatenverb

(of something undesirable) seem likely to occur

‘unless war threatened, national politics remained the focus of attention’;

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