threat

[ thret ]
/ θrɛt /

noun

a declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc., in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course; menace: He confessed under the threat of imprisonment.
an indication or warning of probable trouble: The threat of a storm was in the air.
a person or thing that threatens.

verb (used with or without object)

Archaic. to threaten.

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Origin of threat

before 900; (noun) Middle English threte,Old English thrēat pressure, oppression; cognate with Old Norse thraut hardship, bitter end; (v.) Middle English threten,Old English thrēatian to press, threaten

OTHER WORDS FROM threat

coun·ter·threat, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for threat

threat
/ (θrɛt) /

noun

a declaration of the intention to inflict harm, pain, or misery
an indication of imminent harm, danger, or pain
a person or thing that is regarded as dangerous or likely to inflict pain or misery

verb

an archaic word for threaten

Word Origin for threat

Old English; related to Old Norse thraut, Middle Low German drōt
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Idioms and Phrases with threat

threat

see triple threat.

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