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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
\threat\ (thr&ebreve;t), n. [as. ?re?t, akin to ā?re?tan to vex, g. verdriessen, ohg. irdriozan, icel. ?rjōta to fail, want, lack, goth. us?riutan to vex, to trouble, russ. trudite to impose a task, irritate, vex, l. trudere to push. cf. abstruse, intrude, obstrude, protrude.] 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.
\threat\, v. t. & i. [oe. ?reten, as. ?re?tian. see threat, n.] to threaten. [obs. or poetic] of all his threating reck not a mite. our dreaded admiral from far they threat.
1. something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a constant threat in japan" [syn: menace]
2. a warning that something unpleasant is immanent; "they were under threat of arrest"
3. declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another; "his threat to kill me was quite explicit"
4. a person who inspires fear or dread; "he was the terror of the neighborhood" [syn: terror, scourge]