Definitions for: Threat


[n] declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another; "his threat to kill me was quite explicit"
[n] a warning that something unpleasant is immanent; "they were under threat of arrest"
[n] a person who inspires fear or dread; "he was the terror of the neighborhood"
[n] something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"



Webster (1913) Definition: Threat (thr[e^]t), n. [AS. [thorn]re['a]t, akin to
[=a][thorn]re['o]tan to vex, G. verdriessen, OHG. irdriozan,
Icel. [thorn]rj[=o]ta to fail, want, lack, Goth.
us[thorn]riutan to vex, to trouble, Russ. trudite to impose a
task, irritate, vex, L. trudere to push. Cf. Abstruse,
Intrude, Obstrude, Protrude.]
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.

There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats. --Shak.


Threat, v. t. & i. [OE. [thorn]reten, AS.
[thorn]re['a]tian. See Threat, n.]
To threaten. [Obs. or Poetic] --Shak.

Of all his threating reck not a mite. --Chaucer.

Our dreaded admiral from far they threat. --Dryden.

Synonyms: menace, scourge, terror

See Also: commination, danger, declaration, human, individual, menace, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul, warning, yellow peril

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