from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An expression of an intention to inflict pain, injury, evil, or punishment.
  • n. An indication of impending danger or harm.
  • n. One that is regarded as a possible danger; a menace.
  • transitive v. Archaic To threaten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An expression of intent to injure or punish another.
  • n. An indication of imminent danger.
  • n. A person or object that is regarded as a danger; a menace.
  • v. To threaten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • v. To threaten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To press; urge; compel.
  • To threaten.
  • To use threats; act or speak menacingly; threaten.
  • n. Crowd; press; pressure.
  • n. Vexation; torment.
  • n. A menace; a denunciation of ill to befall some one; a declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict punishment, loss, or pain on another.
  • n. In law, any menace of such a nature and extent as to unsettle the mind of the person on whom it operates, and to preclude that free voluntary action which is necessary to assent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who inspires fear or dread
  • n. declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another
  • n. something that is a source of danger
  • n. a warning that something unpleasant is imminent


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English thrēat, oppression; see treud- in Indo-European roots.

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Old English þrēat ("crowd, army").


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