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threat

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English threte, thret, thrat, thræt, threat, from Old English þrēat (crowd, swarm, troop, army, press; pressure, trouble, calamity, oppression, force, violence, threat), closely tied to Proto-Germanic *þrautą (displeasure, complaint, grievance, labour, toil), from Proto-Indo-European *trewd- (to squeeze, push, press), whence also Middle Low German drōt (threat, menace, danger), Middle High German drōz (annoyance, disgust, horror, terror, fright), Icelandic þraut (struggle, labour, distress), Latin trūdere (to push).

NounEdit

threat (plural threats)

  1. An expression of intent to injure or punish another.
  2. An indication of imminent danger.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3: 
      Many genes with reproductive roles also have antibacterial and immune functions, which indicate that the threat of microbial attack on the sperm or egg may be a major influence on rapid evolution during reproduction.
  3. A person or object that is regarded as a danger; a menace.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, BBC:
      Rooney's United team-mate Chris Smalling was given his debut at right-back and was able to adjust to the international stage in relatively relaxed fashion as Bulgaria barely posed a threat of any consequence.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English threten, from Old English þrēatian (to press, oppress, repress, correct, threaten). Akin to Middle Dutch drōten (to threaten).

VerbEdit

threat (third-person singular simple present threats, present participle threating, simple past and past participle threated)

  1. (transitive) To press; urge; compel.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To threaten.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.vii:
      An hideous Geant horrible and hye, / That with his talnesse seemd to threat the skye []
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, V. i. 37:
      O yes, and soundless too; / For you have stolen their buzzing, Antony, / And very wisely threat before you sting.
  3. (intransitive) To use threats; act or speak menacingly; threaten.

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