What does threat mean?

Definitions for threat
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word threat.

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.

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

How to pronounce threat?

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How to say threat in sign language?

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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. Claude Arnold:

    You have to conduct a threat assessment and go after those who are a threat to national security, but within that universe of people who are visa overstays, there could be people who are radicalized, and we just don’t know it because there is no intelligence on them.

  2. Bill Nelson:

    I and several of my Senate Intelligence colleagues are trying to make sure Florida officials are aware of the ongoing Russian threat so they take the steps necessary to safeguard our elections, senate Intelligence's unfortunate that some Florida officials would try to use this issue for personal, political gain.

  3. Lee Merritt:

    Antwon Rose was shot in the back, he was unarmed. He did not pose a threat to the officers or the community, the verdict today says that that is OK.

  4. Mohammad Javad Zarif:

    Any threat to one country is a threat to all... No country can solve regional problems without the help of others.

  5. John Dibble:

    I'm devastated that once again we were a threat to the community, and that's not something we enjoy being.

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