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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

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

  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 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

Rhymes with threat


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threat

verb

Definition of threat

archaic

  1. :  threaten



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of threat

before 12th century



THREAT Defined for Kids

threat

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noun \ˈthret\

Definition of threat

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

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





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