verb (used with or without object)
Origin of threat
Examples from the Web for threat
When communism was a threat, it was construed as a communist plot.
But this war jumps from city to city, depending the threat of the day.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“The threat streams to U.S. interests and Western interests are off the chart,” he said.
The Perfect Storm writer talks combat brotherhood and the threat posed by growing wealth inequality.Sebastian Junger on War, Loss, and a Divided America|The Daily Beast Video|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But not even the threat of death can suppress the urge to live vicariously through Jack Dawson and James Bond.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom|Lizzie Crocker|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I could not carry my threat into execution, having no weapon.Tales of the Wonder Club|M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
Her task was the more difficult since she herself was held as a threat over her brother's head.A Young Man's Year|Anthony Hope
No bribe could seduce—no threat divert Mr. Adams from the path of duty.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
I knew Brunow a great deal too well to think him likely to assault me after having put me on my guard by a threat.In Direst Peril|David Christie Murray
It was only upon the threat of the Czar to continue the war by himself that the Austrians consented to move forward upon Paris.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878|C. A. Fyffe
British Dictionary definitions for threat
Word Origin for threat
Word Origin and History for threat
Old English þreat "crowd, troop," also "oppression, menace," related to þreotan "to trouble, weary," from Proto-Germanic *threutanan (cf. German verdrießen "to vex"), from PIE *trud- "push, press" (cf. Latin trudere "to press, thrust," Old Church Slavonic trudu "oppression," Middle Irish trott "quarrel, conflict," M.Welsh cythrud "torture, torment, afflict"). Sense of "conditional declaration of hostile intention" was in Old English.
Idioms and Phrases with threat
see triple threat.