[ noun ] something that is a source of danger
"earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"
Used in print(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
We , in our country , think_of war as an external threat which , if it occurs , will not be primarily of our own doing .(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)
Polyphosphates gave renewed life to soap products at a time when surfactants were a threat though expensive , and these same polyphosphates spelled the decline of soap usage when the synergism between polyphosphates and synthetic detergent actives was recognized and exploited .(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)
The grocery the youth worked for soon tired_of his depressing effect on customers , most of whom were sufficiently neurotic without the threat of incubi , and let him go .
[ noun ] a warning that something unpleasant is immanent
"they were under threat of arrest"
Used in print(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)
Increasing threats on his life finally convinced Cook that he should leave New_Mexico .
[ noun ] declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another
"his threat to kill me was quite explicit"
Used in print(The Atlanta Constitution...)
It was marked by controversy , anonymous midnight phone_calls and veiled threats of violence .(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)
That summer the gambling_houses were closed , despite the threats of Pierre_Ameaux , a gaming-card manufacturer .
Monsieur_Favre 's threat would become a reality , for he continued to proclaim loudly that the city must rid itself of `` that Frenchman '' .
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 29538