Threat (?), n. [AS. re�xa0;t, akin to areotan to vex, G. verdriessen, OHG. irdriozan, Icel. rjota to fail, want, lack, Goth. usriutan to vex, to trouble, Russ. trudite to impose a task, irritate, vex, L. trudere to push. Cf. Abstruse, Intrude, Obstrude, Protrude.]

The expression of an intention to inflict evil or injury on another; the declaration of an evil, loss, or pain to come; meance; threatening; denunciation.

There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats. Shak.


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Threat, v. t. & i. [OE. reten, AS. re�xa0;tian. See Threat, n.]

To threaten.

[Obs. or Poetic]


Of all his threating reck not a mite. Chaucer.

Our dreaded admiral from far they threat. Dryden.


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