What does threat mean?

Definitions for threat
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. menace, threatnoun

    something that is a source of danger

    "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"

  2. threatnoun

    a warning that something unpleasant is imminent

    "they were under threat of arrest"

  3. threatnoun

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

    "his threat to kill me was quite explicit"

  4. terror, scourge, threatnoun

    a person who inspires fear or dread

    "he was the terror of the neighborhood"

Wiktionary

  1. threatnoun

    an expression of intent to injure or punish another.

  2. threatnoun

    an indication of imminent danger.

  3. threatnoun

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

  4. threatverb

    To threaten.

  5. Etymology: þreat.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Threatnoun

    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.

  2. 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.

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. Threatnoun

    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. Threatnoun

    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

  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. Hillary Clinton:

    Today's attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world, we must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat.

  2. Ambassador Ron Dermer:

    Israel hopes that the discussions we are now engaged in will culminate in a long-term agreement that will dramatically upgrade Israel's ability to defend itself by itself against any threat and enable Israel to address the enormous challenges we now face in the region.

  3. Nicholas Eberstadt:

    The Trump administration has a strategy of reducing the North Korean threat, trump is undercutting the capabilities of North Korea’s nuclear program by undercutting its economy and North Korea’s appeasement seems to be motivated as a way to reduce pressure on them.

  4. Rick Brennan:

    In the short term, you have the immediate threat of ISIS. But in the long term, the deeper threat is to Iraq’s ability to be free and independent of Iran, dependence on the Shia militias, who have sworn allegiance to the ayatollah, is a problem. The Popular Liberation Forces number about 70,000, including a core of 15,000 hardened fighters who most recently did battle at Tehran’s behest in Syria, where they fought Al Qaeda, ISIS and the Free Syrian Army, Rick Brennan said. Iraq may need their help now, but giving them an official role in the fight against ISIS could further entrench them as both a political and military force within Iraq, Rick Brennan said.

  5. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond:

    I strongly condemn North Korea's ballistic missile technology test. This is a clear and deliberate violation of a number of U.N. Security Council Resolutions. North Korea's actions continue to present a threat to regional and international security, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to take significant measures against any further launches or nuclear tests. We will now meet with our partners in New York to agree a collective response.

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