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, 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, 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. Gary Lynch:

    North Korea has been a threat for quite some time now, but our previous administration chose to ignore the warning signs and pretend they did not exist, now that Trump has taken office we are seeing this threat being addressed and it is causing tensions not only in that region but for the U.S. mainland as well.

  2. Marine General Joseph Dunford:

    If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I'd have to point to Russia. And if you look at their behavior, it's nothing short of alarming.

  3. Maisie Williams:

    Everyone's a threat, we're done trusting people. We're done with being pushed over. We finally managed to scrape our family back together somewhat, minus Jon Snow.

  4. Ralph Reed:

    We have received a threat about the safety of this event and this room.

  5. The Governor:

    JUDGE EXTENDS BY 2 WEEKS ORDER BLOCKING GOV. GREG ABBOTT'S BAN ON MIGRANT TRANSPORTATION This is why I issued additional orders early on protecting our school children and our workforce. It is my hope that The Governor understands that my fight is against COVID-19 and not against The Governor, as I noted the other day, his threats of legal action are nothing compared to the threat of children getting sick and dying. Now is the time for state and local elected officials to work with one another to take the necessary steps as guided by science and local needs.

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    • A. embellish
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