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
Recent Examples of threat from the Web
What matters is that Palestinians perceive an immediate threat to their access to and control of the Temple Mount, fueled by statements from MKs and ministers and framed by decades of discriminatory policies in East Jerusalem.
But in the weeks after Van Dyke's murder indictment in the killing of Laquan McDonald, Herbert had proposed the possibility to reporters, citing pretrial publicity and alleged death threats.
A true triple threat, Majors led the SEC in total offense in 1955 and 1956 - with his yardage almost evenly divided between rushing and passing - and finished third in the nation in punting average in 1956.
Now, ecologists have identified a new threat from pesticides in the developing world.
Naled will be used aerially when mosquitoes pose a public health threat in Miami-Dade until the CDC and EPA change their stance, Mauriello said.
Five different types of coconut go into our quintuple-threat breakfast (or snack) bars.
True, the story says that many of these people will sign back up again when the Kobach threat is over, but that doesn't mitigate the damage.
Among the accomplishments the White House touted was a plan to form a working group to partner on cyber-security threats.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of threat
First Known Use of threat
before 12th century
THREAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of threat for English Language Learners
: 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
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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