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Definition of the noun threat

What does threat mean as a name of something?

Threat is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: threats

  1. something that is a source of danger
    • example: earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of threat: menace
    • more generic word: danger = a cause of pain or injury or loss
    • more specific term: yellow peril = the threat to Western civilization said to arise from the power of Asiatic peoples
  2. a warning that something unpleasant is imminent
    • example: they were under threat of arrest
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: warning = a message informing of danger
  3. declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another
    • example: his threat to kill me was quite explicit
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: declaration = a statement that is emphatic and explicit
    • more specific words:
      • commination = a threat of divine punishment or vengeance
      • menace = a threat or the act of threatening
  4. a person who inspires fear or dread

Alternative definition of the noun threat


  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.

Definition of the verb threat

What does threat mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: threated | threating | threats

  1. [archaic] To threaten.


  1. "Threat" is an independent film about a straightedge "hardcore kid" and a hip hop revolutionary whose friendship is doomed by the intolerance of their respective street tribes. It is an ensemble film of kids living in New York City in the aftermath of 9-11, each of them suffering from a sense of doom brought on by dealing with HIV, racism, sexism, class struggle, and general nihilism. The intellectual issues are played out amid an aesthetic of raw ultraviolence that has earned director Matt Pizzolo both accolades and condemnations. Unlike past urban dramas, the film does not outright condemn its characters' violent outbursts. Although it does show harsh consequences for acts of violence, numerous critics have pointed out that it is unclear whether or not the film intends to glorify violence and/or class conflict.
  2. "Threat" a.k.a. "Veiled Threat" is a 1989 film written and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh.
  3. "Threat" is a 1987 documentary film written and directed by Stefan Jarl.
    • also known as Hotet, Uhkkadus, Die Bedrohung
    • country: Sweden
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released in (28 years ago)


"Threat" is a video game.

  • genre: Action game
  • released on (19 years ago)


"Threat" is a composition.


  1. Threat is a musical group.
  2. Threat is a musical group.
    • album: "Lullaby in C"

There are other groups with in their name, like 5th Threat, Death threat, Minor Threat, Threat Signal, Triple Threat, A Global Threat, Potential Threat, Death Over Threat and Southern Death Threat.


  1. Threat: A threat is an act of coercion wherein an act is proposed to elicit a negative response. It is a communicated intent to inflict harm or loss on another person. It can be a crime in many jurisdictions. Threat is widely seen in animals, particularly in a ritualized form, chiefly in order to avoid the unnecessary physical violence that can lead to physical damage or death of both conflicting parties.
  2. Threat: In computer security a threat is a possible danger that might exploit a vulnerability to breach security and thus cause possible harm.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Threat

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Google previewNetwork Protocol Design with Machiavellian Robustness (2010)

by Brett Keith Watson

The threat is an outside party who wants to know the secret.

Google previewCoercing, Constraining and Signalling (2011)

Explaining UN and EU Sanctions After the Cold War by Francesco Giumelli

A milieu threat is a menace to norms and principles that do not have direct externalities for a sender's possession goals.

It is important to stress that milieu threat refers to those acts that do not imply economic or political consequences.5 The ...

Google previewThe New Triple Constraints for Sustainable Projects, Programs, and Portfolios (2012)

by Gregory T. Haugan

The first external threat is the general public reaction to any nuclear facilities due to an emotional fear of the unknown, of potential radiation. This fear lurks always over the horizon and any safety problem that becomes public is a source of ...

Google previewCritical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security (2014)

Defending a Networked Nation by Ted G. Lewis

thReat is an oUtPUt A second major criticism of PRA concerns the placement of T on the right-hand side of the risk equation. Critics say that T...

Google previewTeaching, Learning and the Net Generation: Concepts and Tools for Reaching Digital Learners (2011)

Concepts and Tools for Reaching Digital Learners by Ferris, Sharmila Pixy

Threat is the other part.

Google previewSecurity Threatened (1995)

Surveying Israeli Opinion on Peace and War by Alan Arian

Threat is the perceived intent and ability of something or someone to inflict harm or to block the attainment of a goal.1 Still, to explain why one policy choice is chosen over another, or what connections are made between desired goals and the ...

Google previewDisclosure of Security Vulnerabilities (2014)

Legal and Ethical Issues by Alana Maurushat

A threat is a circumstance that could result in harm, and may be natural, accidental or intentional. A party directly responsible for an intentional threat is referred to as an attacker. Harm is anything that has deleterious consequences, and ...

Google previewGender and Violence in the Middle East (2009)

by David Ghanim Ph.D.

Yet imagining a constant, continuous external threat is a feature found only in violent societies; it is the aspect that perpetuates and recapitulates violence in society. It is the structure of violence embedded within society that has created the ...

Google previewEmotion and Anxiety (2006)

A Philosophic Inquiry by Warren Frederick Morris

For Heidegger the threat is the frustration of certain unrealized human possibilities with anxiety signaling the danger of existing inauthentically. For Sartre the threat is to exist in bad faith, which is a denial of the inescapable burden freedom ...

Google previewThreads of Deceit (2015)

by Mae Fox

“Actually, getting a death threat means someone you reached out to is probably connected to the killer!

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Politics (2015)

by David Professor Robertson

Threat Assessment Military strategy, and the designing and equipping of a nation's defence posture, requires some assessment of the dangers which need defending against. Part of this process is a purely political decision by a government's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (2009)

by John M Levine, Michael A. Hogg

Stereotype threat has also been shown outside the classroom, in athletic performance. For example, White athletes do worse at a golf putting task when told that the task measures natural athletic ability (a trait White athletes are stereotyped to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Psychology (2007)

by Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

Definition Stereotype threat arises from the recognition that one could be judged or treated in terms of a negative stereotype about one's group. This sense of threat usually happens when one is doing something to which such a stereotype ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Politics (2004)

by David Robertson

Threat Assessment Military strategy, and the designing and equipping of a nation's defence posture, requires some assessment of the dangers which need defending against. Part of this process is a purely political decision by a government's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2008)

by Frederick T. Leong

A threat in the air: How stereotypes shape intellectual identity and performance. American...

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Protesters balk at threat to American Sign Language

Many members of Indiana's deaf and hearing-impaired community are scared that the way they communicate will be tossed aside - so scared that they took to ...

Quotes about Threat

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright. (William Blake)
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Scrabble value of T1H4R1E1A1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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