Definitions for threat
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word threat.
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, threatnoun
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Menace; denunciation of ill.
Etymology: from the verb.
There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats. William Shakespeare.
The emperor perceiving that his threats were little regarded, regarded little to threaten any more. John Hayward.
Do not believe
Those rigid threats of death: ye shall not die. John Milton.
To Threat, To Threatenverb
threat is seldom used but in poetry.
Etymology: þreatian , Saxon:
Death to be wish’d
Though threaten’d, which no worse than this can bring. John Milton.
What threat you me with telling of the king?
Tell him and spare not. William Shakespeare, Richard III.
That it spread no further, straitly threaten them that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. Acts iv. 18.
The void profound
Wide gaping, and with utter loss of being
Threatens him. John Milton.
Æneas their assault undaunted did abide,
And thus to Lausus, loud with friendly threat’ning cry’d. John Dryden, Virgil.
This day black omens threat the brightest fair,
That e’er deserv’d a watchful spirit’s care. Alexander Pope.
Void of fear,
He threaten’d with his long protended spear. Dryden.
The noise increases as the billows roar,
When rowling from afar they threat the shore. Dryden.
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.
A threat is a perceived or real danger or harm; it refers to something or someone that has the potential to cause harm, damage, or negative consequences. In a broader context, it can also indicate any indication or warning of probable trouble or adverse situation. It can refer to various areas, such as physical safety, emotional well-being, cyber security, national security, or environmental stability.
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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Threat is ranked #31656 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Threat surname appeared 730 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Threat.
80.6% or 589 total occurrences were Black.
12.1% or 89 total occurrences were White.
4.3% or 32 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.9% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
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
The numerical value of threat in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of threat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
The lesson that Americans today have forgotten or never learned -- the lesson which our ancestors tried so hard to teach -- is that the greatest threat to our lives, liberty, property, and security is not some foreign government, as our rulers so often tell us. The greatest threat to our freedom and well-being lies with our own government!.
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.
Power's not a chalice. It's a hammer. And it only does one thing. Power smashes. The subtext of all power is extortion. It's always the threat of force, of imprisonment, the threat of death. Always.”
What we want to have happen is no matter which airplane is picking up the threat – whatever the angles or the sensors – they correctly identify a single threat and then pass that information to all four airplanes so that all four airplanes are looking at the same threat at the same place.
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.
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Translations for threat
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- amenaçaCatalan, Valencian
- ohrožení, hrozba, výhrůžkaCzech
- Drohung, BedrohungGerman
- uhka, uhkausFinnish
- bagairt, bagradhScottish Gaelic
- 脅迫, 脅威, 脅かしJapanese
- tehdît, ههڕهشهKurdish
- trusselNorwegian Nynorsk
- groźba, zagrożeniePolish
- опасность, угрозаRussian
- претња, pretnja, prijetnja, пријетњаSerbo-Croatian
- погро́за, загро́за, небезпе́каUkrainian
- mối đe dọaVietnamese
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