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threat (n.)

Old English þreat "crowd, troop," also "oppression, coercion, menace," related to þreotan "to trouble, weary," from Proto-Germanic *thrautam (source also of Dutch verdrieten, German verdrießen "to vex"), from PIE *treud- "to push, press squeeze" (source also of Latin trudere "to press, thrust," Old Church Slavonic trudu "oppression," Middle Irish trott "quarrel, conflict," Middle Welsh cythrud "torture, torment, afflict"). Sense of "conditional declaration of hostile intention" was in Old English.

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Definitions of threat from WordNet

threat (n.)
something that is a source of danger;
earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan
Synonyms: menace
threat (n.)
a warning that something unpleasant is imminent;
they were under threat of arrest
threat (n.)
declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another;
his threat to kill me was quite explicit
threat (n.)
a person who inspires fear or dread;
Synonyms: terror / scourge
From wordnet.princeton.edu