• WordNet 3.6
    • n threat declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another "his threat to kill me was quite explicit"
    • n threat a warning that something unpleasant is imminent "they were under threat of arrest"
    • n threat a person who inspires fear or dread "he was the terror of the neighborhood"
    • n threat something that is a source of danger "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: male lions somtimes kill their own kids if they seem a threat or take the attention of their mate.
    • n Threat thrĕt The expression of an intention to inflict evil or injury on another; the declaration of an evil, loss, or pain to come; menace; threatening; denunciation. "There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats ."
    • v. t. & i Threat To threaten. "Of all his threating reck not a mite.""Our dreaded admiral from far they threat ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Karl Marx was targeted for assassination when he met with two Prussian officers in his house in Cologne in 1848. Marx had friends among the German labor unions, and he was considered a threat to the autocrats. Dressed in his bathrobe, he forced the officers out at the point of a revolver, which, it turned out, was not loaded.
    • n threat Crowd; press; pressure.
    • n threat Vexation; torment.
    • n threat A menace; a denunciation of ill to befall some one; a declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict punishment, loss, or pain on another.
    • n threat In law, any menace of such a nature and extent as to unsettle the mind of the person on whom it operates, and to preclude that free voluntary action which is necessary to assent. Synonyms See menace, v. t.
    • threat To press; urge; compel.
    • threat To threaten.
    • threat To use threats; act or speak menacingly; threaten.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Threat thret declaration of an intention to inflict punishment or other evil upon another: menace
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  • Fernanda Bartolme
    Fernanda Bartolme
    “Most bosses know instinctively that their power depends more on employee's compliance than on threats or sanctions.”
  • Eugene J. Mccarthy
    Eugene J. Mccarthy
    “The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Change tends to be viewed as a threat to our control.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat.”
  • Germaine Greer
    “Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. þreát, akin to āþreótan, to vex, G. verdriessen, OHG. irdriozan, Icel. þrjōta, to fail, want, lack, Goth. usþriutan, to vex, to trouble, Russ. trudite, to impose a task, irritate, vex, L. trudere, to push. Cf. Abstruse Intrude Obstrude Protrude
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. þreátþreótan, to afflict; cog. with Ger. verdriessen, Goth. thriutan, to vex.


In literature:

They raised a flag of truce, answering which in person, Colonel Anderson was commanded, on threat of death, to order a surrender.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
This represents a threat to the security of the individual.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
There was about this letter an absence of sentiment, and an absence of threat, and an absence of fuss, which almost overset her.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Darke has demanded immediate payment of the debt, coupled with threat of foreclosure.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I fancied that the threat had terrified her.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
We find we are mistaken, and consequently we apologise to you for using threats which were unnecessary.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Henry would not cede Boulogne, and Francis saw no means of forcing him to a peace save by a threat of invasion.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
In 1596 his threat of a fresh Armada was met by the daring descent of an English force upon Cadiz.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
But the threat is real and deadly.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Opposition made it necessary to define his position, and threat made it wise to amplify and explain.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

Though from his throat
The life-tide leaps
There was no threat
On his lips.
"Has Your Soul Sipped?" by Wilfred Owen
And even should the world break in
With jealous threat and guile,
The world, at last, must bow and win
Our pity and a smile.
"Interior" by Harold Hart Crane
"Thy prophecies I thus destroy,"
He cried, "thou wretched crone;
Threats on my days no more employ,
But tremble for thy own."
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
Why will my Father hide his face,
When foes stand threat'ning round,
In the dark hour of deep distress,
And not a helper found?
"Psalm 22 part 1" by Isaac Watts
No fawning words will flatter him,
Nor threat'nings make him start;
He favours none for worth or kin,
All must taste of his dart.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan
Oft have I heard thy threat'nings roar,
And oft endured the grief;
But when thy hand has pressed me sore,
Thy grace was my relief.
"Psalm 71 part 3" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Iran under threat by 'uncivilized Zionists.
SAN DIEGO — Plans to revamp Balboa Park with new roads and a parking garage have sparked heated debate and threats of lawsuits.
The Joseph Gordon-Levitt stand-in is more upset by his receding hairline than threats of death from his mafia bosses.
Panicking over a dubious threat.
Backpack blown up after threat on ferry (video).
Blue green algae threat high in area lakes.
Blue green algae threat high in area lakes.
Iran President Plays Down Israeli Threat.
Slain bookseller Sherry Black unknowingly bought stolen items from gang member with history of threats.
Boseko Lokombo joins Dion Jordan as bookend sack threats.
But it looks like it's a manageable threat.
Israel braced for attack as the threat level rises on all its borders.
The Threat Is Real and Must Be Stopped.
New iPhone no threat to the Flip camcorder .
Dorm evacuated at Arkansas State after bomb threat.

In science:

As in most case study research, the case study presented in this paper can have threats to the validity of its findings.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures
Lensing conserves the average intensity [262], and does not constitute a first-order threat on luminosity distance measurements [263]: the mass density that is probed through these measurements is the actual average density, rather than that of a smooth component8.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
THREAT TO VALIDITY Construct validity includes threats affecting the approach by means of which we collect and verify vulnerabilities.
The (Un)Reliability of NVD Vulnerable Versions Data: an Empirical Experiment on Google Chrome Vulnerabilities
Threats in this category come from the assumptions as follows.
The (Un)Reliability of NVD Vulnerable Versions Data: an Empirical Experiment on Google Chrome Vulnerabilities
We discuss a potential solution addressing this threat in future work.
The (Un)Reliability of NVD Vulnerable Versions Data: an Empirical Experiment on Google Chrome Vulnerabilities