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threat

[thret] /θrɛt/
noun
1.
a declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc., in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course; menace:
He confessed under the threat of imprisonment.
2.
an indication or warning of probable trouble:
The threat of a storm was in the air.
3.
a person or thing that threatens.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
Archaic. to threaten.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English threte, Old English thrēat pressure, oppression; cognate with Old Norse thraut hardship, bitter end; (v.) Middle English threten, Old English thrēatian to press, threaten
Related forms
counterthreat, noun
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Examples from the web for threating
  • It is possible to have a sever allergic reaction to a bee sting that is not life-threating.
  • Because martins return to breeding sites in early spring, they often are confronted with life-threating weather conditions.
  • The hurdles that obviously non-threating people must jump and the prohibitions against harmless items is completely inane.
British Dictionary definitions for threating

threat

/θrɛt/
noun
1.
a declaration of the intention to inflict harm, pain, or misery
2.
an indication of imminent harm, danger, or pain
3.
a person or thing that is regarded as dangerous or likely to inflict pain or misery
verb
4.
an archaic word for threaten
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse thraut, Middle Low German drōt
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Word Origin and History for threating

threat

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with threating

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