Synonyms of threaten in English:

threaten


See definition of threaten

verb

1‘how dare you threaten me?’

SYNONYMS

menace, intimidate, browbeat, bully, cow, pressurize, lean on, terrorize, frighten, scare, alarm

make threats against, issue threats to, threaten to harm, threaten to kill

2‘the rise of nationalism could threaten the stability of Europe’

SYNONYMS

endanger, be a danger to, be a threat to, menace, imperil, put at risk, make vulnerable, expose to danger, put in jeopardy, jeopardize, drive a nail into the coffin of

archaic peril

3‘the air was raw and threatened rain’

SYNONYMS

warn of, be a warning of, give a warning of, promise, presage, augur, portend, foreshadow, prophesy, be an omen of

foretell, herald, bode, announce, be a harbinger of, be an indication of, indicate, point to

be a sign of, signal, signify, mean, spell, add up to, amount to, be evidence of

literary betoken, foretoken, forebode, harbinger

4‘as rain threatened, the party was moved indoors’

SYNONYMS

be imminent, be at hand, be close at hand, be near, be close, be approaching, be on the horizon, be just around the corner, be brewing, be gathering, be looming, be coming up, be on the way, be expected, be anticipated, be in prospect, be in the wind, be in the air, be forthcoming, be impending

hang over someone

informal be on the cards