- 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.
- 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.
- 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 þrēat (“crowd, army”).
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