Definitions for threatθrɛt
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word threat
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a declaration of an intention to inflict punishment, injury, etc., as in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course.
an indication or warning of probable trouble.
a person or thing that threatens.
(v.i.)Archaic. to threaten.
Origin of threat:
bef. 900; ME threte, OE thrēat pressure, c. ON thraut hardship
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the possibility that sth bad could happen
the threat of a terrorist attack; ancient trees under threat from logging
a statement that sth bad or harmful will happen to sb unless they take a particular action
They made threats against his life.; a death threat; the threat of military action
sb or sth that is thought to be dangerous
They called him a threat to society.
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.
British National Corpus
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
Translations for threat
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a warning that one is going to hurt or punish someone
He will certainly carry out his threat to harm you.
- ameaçaPortuguese (BR)
- die DrohungGerman
- hot, hotelseSwedish
- 恐嚇，威脅Chinese (Trad.)
- تہديد، دھمکيUrdu
- sự đe dọaVietnamese
- 恐吓，威胁Chinese (Simp.)
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