threat


threat
threat n: an expression of an intention to injure another: menace (1)
criminal laws against making terroristic threat s

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

threat
I noun alarm, augury, auspice, commination, danger, denuntiatio, foreboding, fulmination, hazard, imminence, impendence, impendency, insecurity, intimidation, jeopardy, menace, minae, omen, peril, portent, presage, risk, sign, warning associated concepts: coercion foreign phrases:
- Non videtur consensum retlnulsse si quis ex praescripto minantis allquid Immutavit. — He does not appear to have retained consent, who has changed anything at the command of a threatening party.
II index apprehension (fear), coercion, danger, dun, duress, hazard, jeopardy, menace, peril, pitfall, ultimatum, warning

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


threat
n.
A statement of an intention to harm someone or damage his or her property; a person or thing that seems likely to cause damage or danger; a menace.
v.
threaten

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


threat
n. A declaring of one's intention to cause harm or loss to another's person or property or to limit one's freedom to act in a lawful voluntary manner (a threat to kidnap). A threat may be made by innuendo or suggestion, as well as by explicit language, and may be the basis of criminal or civil liability. Mere words, however, have been held not to constitute an assault.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • threat — W2S2 [θret] n [: Old English;] 1.) [U and C] a statement in which you tell someone that you will cause them harm or trouble if they do not do what you want ▪ Your threats don t scare me. threat of ▪ the threat of military invasion threat from ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • threat — [ θret ] noun *** 1. ) count an occasion when someone says that they will cause you harm or problems, especially if you do not do what they tell you to do: threat of: After threats of legal action they stopped the construction. make/issue a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • threat´en|er — threat|en «THEHT uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make a threat against; say what will be done to hurt or punish: »to threaten a person with imprisonment. The farmer threatened to shoot any dog that killed one of his sheep. 2. Figurative. to give… …   Useful english dictionary

  • threat|en — «THEHT uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make a threat against; say what will be done to hurt or punish: »to threaten a person with imprisonment. The farmer threatened to shoot any dog that killed one of his sheep. 2. Figurative. to give warning of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Threat — may refer to: *behaviour that emphasizes one s aggressive potential, see threat display *An act of coercion wherein a negative consequence is proposed to elicit response (in the case of an empty threat there is no real negative consequence).… …   Wikipedia

  • threat — threat·en; threat·en·er; threat·en·ing·ly; threat·ful; threat; threat·ful·ly; …   English syllables

  • Threat — Threat, v. t. & i. [OE. [thorn]reten, AS. [thorn]re[ a]tian. See {Threat}, n.] To threaten. [Obs. or Poetic] Shak. [1913 Webster] Of all his threating reck not a mite. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Our dreaded admiral from far they threat. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • threat — [thret] n. [ME threte < OE threat, a throng, painful pressure, akin to Ger (ver)driessen, to grieve, annoy < IE * treud , to push, press (prob. < base * ter , to rub) > L trudere, to THRUST] 1. an expression of intention to hurt,… …   English World dictionary

  • Threat — (thr[e^]t), n. [AS. [thorn]re[ a]t, akin to [=a][thorn]re[ o]tan to vex, G. verdriessen, OHG. irdriozan, Icel. [thorn]rj[=o]ta to fail, want, lack, Goth. us[thorn]riutan to vex, to trouble, Russ. trudite to impose a task, irritate, vex, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • threat — O.E. þreat crowd, troop, also oppression, menace, related to þreotan to trouble, weary, from P.Gmc. *threutanan (Cf. Ger. verdrießen to vex ), from PIE *trud push, press (Cf. L. trudere to press, thrust, O.C.S. trudu oppression, M.Ir …   Etymology dictionary


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