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English noun: threat

1. threat (state) something that is a source of danger

SamplesEarthquakes are a constant threat in Japan.


Broader (hypernym)danger

Narrower (hyponym)yellow peril

2. threat (communication) a warning that something unpleasant is imminent

SamplesThey were under threat of arrest.

Broader (hypernym)warning

3. threat (communication) declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another

SamplesHis threat to kill me was quite explicit.

Broader (hypernym)declaration

Narrower (hyponym)commination, menace

4. threat (person) a person who inspires fear or dread

SamplesHe was the terror of the neighborhood.

Synonymsscourge, terror

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

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