threat

noun
\ ˈthret How to pronounce threat (audio) \

Definition of threat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

threat

verb
threated; threating; threats

Definition of threat (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

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Examples of threat in a Sentence

Noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley thinks social media has emboldened some people to make threats. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "David Ortiz shooting is a sober reminder of the danger celebrity athletes face," 10 June 2019 Politicians have raised the alarm about the threat such fakes pose to politics. Matthew F. Ferraro For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Disinformation is harming businesses. Here are 6 ways to fight it," 10 June 2019 Two other American columns slashed halfway across the top of Cherbourg Peninsula in deepening threats to lop off the port. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. TROOPS CAPTURE MONTEBOURG," 9 June 2019 Locksley was charged in El Paso with driving while intoxicated, possessing less than two ounces of marijuana, unlawfully carrying a weapon and making a threat, the court records show. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Former Gilman QB Kai Locksley, son of Maryland football coach, arrested on drunken driving charge in Texas," 9 June 2019 The match had been billed as a showdown between Ronaldo and Van Dijk but with the Dutch captain again rock solid at the back, Portugal's main threat came from midfield. Kieran Canning, chicagotribune.com, "Portugal defeat Netherlands to win first Nations League," 9 June 2019 Durant could rejuvenate a weary roster, provide head coach Steve Kerr a one-on-one scoring threat to combat the Raptors’ switch-happy scheme, and offer a long, versatile option against Kawhi Leonard or Pascal Siakam. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ title chances could hinge on Kevin Durant’s return," 9 June 2019 While previous administrations tried to deal with economic and security threats separately, Mr. Trump has deliberately mixed the two, viewing another country’s trade practices as dangerous to the United States as its military abilities. New York Times, "Trump Mixes Economic and National Security, Plunging the U.S. Into Multiple Fights," 8 June 2019 Finally, on May 15, he was found and charged with communicating threats, assault on a female, simple assault, injury to personal property and felony larceny. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "Honduras native arrested in Charlotte, charged with illegally reentering the US," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of threat

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for threat

Noun

Middle English thret coercion, threat, from Old English thrēat coercion; akin to Middle High German drōz annoyance, Latin trudere to push, thrust

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The first known use of threat was before the 12th century

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threat

noun

English Language Learners 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

threat

noun
\ ˈthret How to pronounce threat (audio) \

Kids Definition of threat

1 : the act of showing an intention to do harm
2 : someone or something that threatens the threat of punishment

threat

noun

Legal Definition of threat

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

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