Definitions

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  • adj. Threatening.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of threats; having a menacing appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of threats; having a menacing appearance.

Etymologies

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From threat +‎ -ful.

Examples

  • Yesterday was cold and windy grey, the clouds low and threatful.

    "The sky above won't fall down."

  • Someone needed to have taken Kevin Durand aside and shown him Tilda Swinton's portrayal of Gabriel, as an example of a creepy, threatful Gabriel done well.

    After the Relapse

  • In this way it is possible to maintain a "pool" of people who are in the threatful position of being mere consumers, landless and also poor, and who therefore are eager to go to work for low wages — precisely the condition of migrant farm workers in the United States.

    Global Problems, Local Solutions

  • The establishment has always been itching to slap the label “controversial” to anything they perceive as threatful to their agenda, and definitely nothing short of having an “MLK-Lite” image think Desmond Tutu will appease them.

    Controversy over Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

  • Hereupon Mr. Worldly Wiseman was much commoved with passion, and shaking his cane with a very threatful countenance, broke forth upon this wise: “Learning, quotha!” said he; “I would have all such rogues scourged by the Hangman!”

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • Myriads of such rains had, with age long inevitableness, crumbled away the strong fortress till its threatful mass had sunk to an abject heap.

    Malcolm

  • He made, however, but one threatful stride towards the factor, for the great man turned and fled.

    The Marquis of Lossie

  • Its grotesque and threatful character was greatly increased by the mingling of its one substance with its many shadows on the wall behind it.

    St. George and St. Michael Volume I

  • It looked old-fashioned and neglected, but, notwithstanding its ordinary seeming, the eagle, perched with outstretched wings on the top, appeared threatful.

    Lilith, a romance

  • Yet, for a while, 'gainst Passion's threatful blast

    The Poetical Works of Beattie, Blair, and Falconer With Lives, Critical Dissertations, and Explanatory Notes

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