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threat

noun \ ˈthret \

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

  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

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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

threat Synonyms


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threat

verb

Definition of threat

archaic

First Known Use of threat

before 12th century



THREAT Defined for English Language Learners

threat

noun

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

threat

noun \ ˈthret \

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

Law Dictionary

threat

noun

legal Definition of threat

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


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