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Meaning of threat

threat

Pronunciation: (thret), [key]
— n.
  1. a declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc., in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course; menace: He confessed under the threat of imprisonment.
  2. an indication or warning of probable trouble: The threat of a storm was in the air.
  3. a person or thing that threatens.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to threaten.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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