1. An expression of an intention to inflict pain, harm, or punishment.
2. An indication of impending danger or harm: a threat of frost in the air.
3. One that is regarded as a possible source of harm or danger: viewed the stranger as a threat to the community.
4. The condition of being in danger or at risk: under threat of attack.
tr.v. threat·ed, threat·ing, threats
[Middle English, from Old English thrēat, oppression; see treud- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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