- If you tell someone "I am going to kill you," this is an example of a threat.
- A person who has the potential to blow up a building is an example of a threat.
- When it appears as if it is going to rain, this is an example of a situation where there is a threat of rain.
The definition of a threat is a statement of an intent to harm or punish, or a something that presents an imminent danger or harm.
- an expression of intention to hurt, destroy, punish, etc., as in retaliation or intimidation
- an indication of imminent danger, harm, evil, etc.: the threat of war
- a potential source of this
Origin of threatMiddle English threte ; from Old English threat, a throng, painful pressure, akin to German (ver)driessen, to grieve, annoy ; from Indo-European an unverified form treud-, to push, press (prob. ; from base an unverified form ter-, to rub) from source Classical Latin trudere, to thrust
- An expression of an intention to inflict pain, harm, or punishment.
- An indication of impending danger or harm: a threat of frost in the air.
- One that is regarded as a possible source of harm or danger: viewed the stranger as a threat to the community.
- The condition of being in danger or at risk: under threat of attack.
transitive verbthreat·ed, threat·ing, threats Archaic
Origin of threatMiddle English, from Old English thrēat, oppression; see treud- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present threats, present participle threating, simple past and past participle threated)
- (archaic) To threaten.
Old English Ã¾rÄ“at (“crowd, army").
threat - Computer Definition
threat - Legal Definition
A declaring of one’s intention to cause harm or loss to another’s person or property or to limit one’s freedom to act in a lawful voluntary manner (a threat to kidnap). A threat may be made by innuendo or suggestion, as well as by explicit language, and may be the basis of criminal or civil liability. Mere words, however, have been held not to constitute an assault. See also coercion, extortion, and fighting words.