from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An expression of an intention to inflict pain, injury, evil, or punishment.
- n. An indication of impending danger or harm.
- n. One that is regarded as a possible danger; a menace.
- transitive v. Archaic To threaten.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An expression of intent to injure or punish another.
- n. An indication of imminent danger.
- n. A person or object that is regarded as a danger; a menace.
- v. To threaten.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The expression of an intention to inflict evil or injury on another; the declaration of an evil, loss, or pain to come; menace; threatening; denunciation.
- v. To threaten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Crowd; press; pressure.
- n. Vexation; torment.
- n. A menace; a denunciation of ill to befall some one; a declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict punishment, loss, or pain on another.
- n. In law, any menace of such a nature and extent as to unsettle the mind of the person on whom it operates, and to preclude that free voluntary action which is necessary to assent.
- To press; urge; compel.
- To threaten.
- To use threats; act or speak menacingly; threaten.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who inspires fear or dread
- n. declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another
- n. something that is a source of danger
- n. a warning that something unpleasant is imminent
Middle English, from Old English thrēat, oppression; see treud- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English þrēat ("crowd, army"). (Wiktionary)