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
Full Definition of threat
1 : an expression of intention to inflict evil, injury, or damage
2 : one that threatens
3 : an indication of something impending <the sky held a threat of rain>
Examples of threat in a sentence
He was willing to use violence and threats to get what he wanted.
She ignored their threats and continued to do what she felt was right.
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
Definition of threat
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of threat
before 12th century
Rhymes with threat
bet, debt, fret, get, het, jet, let, Lett, met, net, pet, ret, set, stet, sweat, Tet, vet, wet, whet, yet
THREAT Defined for Kids
Definition of threat for Students
1 : the act of showing an intention to do harm
2 : someone or something that threatens <the threat of punishment>
Legal Definition of threat
: an expression of an intention to injure another : menace 1 <criminal laws against making terroristic threats>
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