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

How to pronounce threat?

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    Karen
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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. Alexandra Rojas:

    What President Donald Trump doesn't understand is that we can think about not just ourselves, as individuals and our feelings and what we care about, but we can recognize there's actually this really existential threat against our democracy, our planet, our country right now, and instead of looking at it and cowering in fear, we're going to tackle it head on alongside whoever's on our team right now, knowing that there's going to be lots of fights ahead when we do have, hopefully, a Democratic majority across the White House, the Senate and in White House.

  2. Di Maio:

    It's being called a populist government. Some have said it's a threat to the people, some say it's a threat to Europe ... but it's not Europe that's under threat.

  3. Rashad Robinson:

    Facebooks governance structure is a threat to the civil rights of its Black users and to the financial interests of its shareholders, lasting change to address the misinformation, discrimination, violent movements and data breaches that put users, especially Black users, at risk cannot be subject to the whims of a single person....Shareholder value is threatened by the companys failure to make fixing civil rights violations an operational priority.

  4. Adam Thiam:

    There is great pride here in Mali, but while (Gassama) gets the honors, there are ... Malian citizens under the threat of being expelled by the French government.

  5. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras:

    Security in our region cannot be ensured without security in the Aegean. This cannot be done under threat of war or through increased Greek airspace violations, only by ensuring good neighborly relations on the basis of international law can we build solid foundations for our future cooperation.

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