(noun, verb)


1. something that is a source of danger

- earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan

Similar word(s): menace

Definition categories: state, danger

2. a warning that something unpleasant is imminent

- they were under threat of arrest

Definition categories: communication, warning

3. declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another

- his threat to kill me was quite explicit

Definition categories: communication, declaration

4. a person who inspires fear or dread

Similar word(s): scourge, terror

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul


1. (transitive) To press; urge; compel.

2. (transitive, archaic) To threaten.

3. (intransitive) To use threats; act or speak menacingly; threaten.