threat

threat [ θret ] noun ***
1. ) count an occasion when someone says that they will cause you harm or problems, especially if you do not do what they tell you to do:
threat of: After threats of legal action they stopped the construction.
make/issue a threat: He would not make threats he wasn't prepared to carry out.
death threats: He had received death threats.
a bomb threat: A bomb threat forced them to make an emergency landing.
an idle/empty threat (=a threat that is not serious): This isn't some idle threat.
a phone threat: She is charged with making phone threats to her ex-husband.
2. ) count or uncount a situation or activity that could cause harm or danger:
pose a threat: The dispute poses a direct threat to peace.
a threat to freedom/democracy
threat to: Officials were confident there had been no threat to public health.
a ) count someone who might defeat you or cause problems for you:
She is not viewed as a threat by her former employer.
threat to: He saw the other man as a real threat to his marriage.
b ) count or uncount the possibility that something bad is going to happen:
threat of: Constant threat of attack makes everyday life dangerous here.
The threat of full-scale war has not been averted.
face a threat: They face the threat of terrorism every day.
under threat
1. ) because of being threatened:
under threat of: Any contract made under threat of violence is not legal.
2. ) likely to be harmed or damaged

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • threat — W2S2 [θret] n [: Old English;] 1.) [U and C] a statement in which you tell someone that you will cause them harm or trouble if they do not do what you want ▪ Your threats don t scare me. threat of ▪ the threat of military invasion threat from ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • threat — n: an expression of an intention to injure another: menace (1) criminal laws against making terroristic threat s Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • threat´en|er — threat|en «THEHT uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make a threat against; say what will be done to hurt or punish: »to threaten a person with imprisonment. The farmer threatened to shoot any dog that killed one of his sheep. 2. Figurative. to give… …   Useful english dictionary

  • threat|en — «THEHT uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make a threat against; say what will be done to hurt or punish: »to threaten a person with imprisonment. The farmer threatened to shoot any dog that killed one of his sheep. 2. Figurative. to give warning of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Threat — may refer to: *behaviour that emphasizes one s aggressive potential, see threat display *An act of coercion wherein a negative consequence is proposed to elicit response (in the case of an empty threat there is no real negative consequence).… …   Wikipedia

  • threat — threat·en; threat·en·er; threat·en·ing·ly; threat·ful; threat; threat·ful·ly; …   English syllables

  • Threat — Threat, v. t. & i. [OE. [thorn]reten, AS. [thorn]re[ a]tian. See {Threat}, n.] To threaten. [Obs. or Poetic] Shak. [1913 Webster] Of all his threating reck not a mite. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Our dreaded admiral from far they threat. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • threat — [thret] n. [ME threte < OE threat, a throng, painful pressure, akin to Ger (ver)driessen, to grieve, annoy < IE * treud , to push, press (prob. < base * ter , to rub) > L trudere, to THRUST] 1. an expression of intention to hurt,… …   English World dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • threat — O.E. þreat crowd, troop, also oppression, menace, related to þreotan to trouble, weary, from P.Gmc. *threutanan (Cf. Ger. verdrießen to vex ), from PIE *trud push, press (Cf. L. trudere to press, thrust, O.C.S. trudu oppression, M.Ir …   Etymology dictionary

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