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threat

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noun \ˈthret\

Simple Definition of threat

  • : a statement saying you will be harmed if you do not do what someone wants you to do

  • : someone or something that could cause trouble, harm, etc.

  • : the possibility that something bad or harmful could happen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of threat

  1. 1 :  an expression of intention to inflict evil, injury, or damage

  2. 2 :  one that threatens

  3. 3 :  an indication of something impending <the sky held a threat of rain>

Examples of threat in a sentence

  1. He was willing to use violence and threats to get what he wanted.

  2. She ignored their threats and continued to do what she felt was right.

  3. a country under threat of civil war



Origin and Etymology of threat

Middle English thret coercion, threat, from Old English thrēat coercion; akin to Middle High German drōz annoyance, Latin trudere to push, thrust


First Known Use: before 12th century


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threat

verb

Definition of threat

archaic

  1. :  threaten



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of threat

before 12th century

Rhymes with threat



THREAT Defined for Kids

threat

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noun \ˈthret\

Definition of threat for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of showing an intention to do harm

  2. 2 :  someone or something that threatens <the threat of punishment>




Law Dictionary

threat

noun

Legal Definition of threat

  1. :  an expression of an intention to injure another :  menace 1 <criminal laws against making terroristic threats>





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