One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her mother had received a threatening letter’
menacing, intimidating, bullying, frightening, terrifying, scary, fearsome, mean-looking, alarming, forbidding, baleful
warning, admonitory, cautionary
rare minacious, minatory, minatorial, comminatory
2‘banks of threatening clouds were building up’
ominous, glowering, brooding, sinister, menacing, black, thunderous, dark, wintry, gloomy, heavy, dire, ill, evil, baleful, forbidding, doomy, ugly, unpromising, portentous, foreboding, unpropitious, pessimistic, inauspicious, unfavourable, unlucky, ill-fated, dangerous
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