AskDefine | Define threat

Dictionary Definition



1 something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan" [syn: menace]
2 a warning that something unpleasant is imminent; "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]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • a UK /θret/
  • , /Tret/


  1. an expression of intent to injure or punish another.
  2. an indication of imminent danger.
  3. a person or object that is regarded as a danger; a menace.


expression of intent to injure or punish another
  • Czech: hrozba
  • Finnish: uhkaus
  • German: Drohung
  • Italian: minaccia
  • Japanese: 脅迫, 脅かし
  • Russian: угроза
  • Spanish: amenaza
  • Swedish: hot
indication of imminent danger
  • Finnish: uhka
  • German: Bedrohung
  • Japanese: 脅威
  • Kurdish: هه‌ڕه‌شه‌
  • Russian: угроза, опасность
  • Spanish: amenaza
  • Swedish: hot
person regarded as a danger
  • Japanese: 脅威
  • Swedish: hot


Extensive Definition

Threat may refer to:





  • Threat, a 1995 DOS game by Fragment.
threat in French: Menace
threat in Dutch: Threat
threat in Russian: Угроза

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admonishment, admonition, alarm, breakers ahead, cardhouse, cause for alarm, caution, caveat, commination, crisis, danger, dangerous ground, deterrent example, emergency, endangerment, example, final notice, final warning, foreboding, forewarning, gaping chasm, gathering clouds, hazard, hint, house of cards, imperilment, intimation, intimidation, jeopardy, lesson, menace, monition, moral, notice, notification, object lesson, omen, pass, peril, pinch, plight, portent, predicament, presage, quicksand, risk, rocks ahead, storm clouds, strait, thin ice, tip-off, ultimatum, verbum sapienti, warning, warning piece
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