What does threat mean?

Definitions for threat
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. menace, threat(noun)

    something that is a source of danger

    "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"

  2. threat(noun)

    a warning that something unpleasant is imminent

    "they were under threat of arrest"

  3. threat(noun)

    declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another

    "his threat to kill me was quite explicit"

  4. terror, scourge, threat(noun)

    a person who inspires fear or dread

    "he was the terror of the neighborhood"

Wiktionary

  1. threat(Noun)

    an expression of intent to injure or punish another.

    Etymology: þreat.

  2. threat(Noun)

    an indication of imminent danger.

    Etymology: þreat.

  3. threat(Noun)

    a person or object that is regarded as a danger; a menace.

    Etymology: þreat.

  4. threat(Verb)

    To threaten.

    Etymology: þreat.

Wikipedia

  1. Threat

    A threat is a communicated intent to inflict harm or loss on another person. Intimidation is widely observed in animal behavior (particularly in a ritualized form) chiefly in order to avoid the unnecessary physical violence that can lead to physical damage or the death of both conflicting parties. A threat is considered an act of coercion. Some of the more common types of threats forbidden by law are those made with an intent to obtain a monetary advantage or to compel a person to act against his or her will. In most US states, it is an offense to threaten to (1) use a deadly weapon on another person; (2) injure another's person or property; or (3) injure another's reputation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Threat(noun)

    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

  2. Threat(noun)

    to threaten

Freebase

  1. Threat

    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

  1. Threat

    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. þreátþreótan, to afflict; cog. with Ger. verdriessen, Goth. thriutan, to vex.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'threat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1809

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'threat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3249

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'threat' in Nouns Frequency: #664

Anagrams for threat »

  1. Hatter, hatter

  2. Hatter

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of threat in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of threat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of threat in a Sentence

  1. Nile Gardiner:

    Airstrikes are only a limited means of warfare -- eventually you are going to need, I believe, a U.S. ground presence in order to defeat ISIS, airstrikes are very limited in their capacity … in order to stave off the ISIS threat; we have to have a strategy for victory, not containment.

  2. Ireland Minister Theresa Villiers:

    Dissident republicans remain a severe threat and at any given time a terrorist attack from them is highly likely.

  3. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

    Shame on the Obama administration for agreeing to a deal that empowers an evil Iranian regime to carry out its threat to 'wipe Israel off the map' and bring 'death to America.' John Kerry should have long ago gotten up on his crutches, walked out of the sham talks, and went straight to Jerusalem to stand next to Benjamin Netanyahu and declared that America will stand with Israel and the other sane governments of the Middle East instead of with the terrorist government of Iran.

  4. Wilson Shoffner:

    The idea is to reduce checkpoints and to consolidate onto strong points, so that not only does that strong point have the strength to defend itself, but so it also has a maneuver capability, so if there is a security situation in a nearby village or checkpoint, it's got enough combat power to overwhelm whatever the security threat is.

  5. Central Bank Governor Riad Salame:

    We have international debts to cover. If we don't cover( them), we are in a default situation, and on the other hand, the people, jobs are at threat. Companies that are losing money might run the risk of not being able to pay salaries.

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