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 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
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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