something that is a source of danger
"earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"
a warning that something unpleasant is imminent
"they were under threat of arrest"
declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another
"his threat to kill me was quite explicit"
terror, scourge, threat(noun)
a person who inspires fear or dread
"he was the terror of the neighborhood"
an expression of intent to injure or punish another.
an indication of imminent danger.
a person or object that is regarded as a danger; a menace.
the expression of an intention to inflict evil or injury on another; the declaration of an evil, loss, or pain to come; menace; threatening; denunciation
A threat is an act of coercion wherein an act is proposed to elicit a negative response. It is a communicated intent to inflict harm or loss on another person. It can be a crime in many jurisdictions. Threat is widely seen in animals, particularly in a ritualized form, chiefly in order to avoid the unnecessary physical violence that can lead to physical damage or death of both conflicting parties.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
thret, n. declaration of an intention to inflict punishment or other evil upon another: menace.—v.t. Threat′en, to declare the intention of inflicting punishment or other evil upon another: to terrify by menaces: to present the appearance of coming evil or of something unpleasant.—n. Threat′ener.—adj. Threat′ening, indicating a threat or menace: indicating something approaching or impending.—adv. Threat′eningly.—adj. Threat′ful (Spens.), full of threats, having a menacing appearance. [A.S. þreát—þreótan, to afflict; cog. with Ger. verdriessen, Goth. thriutan, to vex.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'threat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1809
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'threat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3249
Rank popularity for the word 'threat' in Nouns Frequency: #664
The numerical value of threat in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of threat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
If somebody tells you ‘History will never forgive you,’ just laugh at him! Because when the history comes, you won’t be here! The threat of history never forgives you is a useless threat!
Cyber hygiene, patching vulnerabilities, security by design, threat hunting and machine learning based artificial intelligence are mandatory prerequisites for cyber defense against the next generation threat landscape.
These are two faces of precisely the same conflict, same threat. It’s not that there is one terrorist threat to Europe or other Western places, then a different threat that ISIS and other groups present in the Middle East.
Earthquakes remain an important threat to our economy, while the West coast may carry the larger burden of potential losses and the greatest threat from the strongest shaking, this report shows that the threat from earthquakes is widespread.
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Translations for threat
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- amenaçaCatalan, Valencian
- výhrůžka, hrozba, ohroženíCzech
- Drohung, BedrohungGerman
- uhkaus, uhkaFinnish
- bagairt, bagradhScottish Gaelic
- 脅威, 脅かし, 脅迫Japanese
- tehdît, ههڕهشهKurdish
- trusselNorwegian Nynorsk
- zagrożenie, groźbaPolish
- опасность, угрозаRussian
- prijetnja, pretnja, претња, пријетњаSerbo-Croatian
- загро́за, погро́за, небезпе́каUkrainian
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