Threaten vs Interminate - What's the difference?

threaten | interminate |

As verbs the difference between threaten and interminate

is that threaten is to make a threat against someone; to use threats while interminate is (obsolete) to menace; to threaten.

As an adjective interminate is

without end or limit; boundless; infinite.




(en verb)
  • To make a threat against someone; to use threats.
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    He threatened me with a knife.
  • To menace, or be dangerous.
  • The rocks threatened the ship's survival.
  • To portend, or give a warning of.
  • The black clouds threatened heavy rain.

    Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See



    Etymology 1


    (en adjective)
  • Without end or limit; boundless; infinite.
  • (Chapman)
    * interminated

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) (lena) interminatus, past participle of interminari.


  • (obsolete) To menace; to threaten.
  • (Bishop Hall)