threat


threat
01. Police have received an anonymous [threat] declaring that a bomb has been planted at the airport.
02. Making [threatening] gestures to someone can be considered a form of assault.
03. The Martians [threatened] to destroy all humankind if humans didn't stop polluting the planet Earth.
04. He was arrested for making [threats] against his neighbor.
05. His wife [threatened] to leave him if he didn't stop drinking.
06. The boss [threatened] him with dismissal for continually arriving late for work.
07. The kidnapper [threatened] to kill the boy if his demands were not met.
08. Global warming is [threatening] polar bears by causing temperatures to rise in their frozen habitat.
09. The main environmental [threat] to human health in many towns and cities nowadays is from exposure to air pollution.
10. The unusually cold weather is a serious [threat] to the tourist industry this summer.
11. A recent study shows that traffic pollution in cities is becoming as big a [threat] to health as exposure to cigarette smoke.
12. The [threat] of force is usually sufficient to secure the lawful conduct of most citizens.
13. Marital stability is [threatened] when a husband and wife have different expectations about their respective roles.
14. Rick Shuman once observed that the biggest [threat] to our well-being is the absence of moral clarity and purpose.
15. Martin Luther King once observed that injustice anywhere is a [threat] to justice everywhere.
16. Marsha Sinetar once remarked that change can either challenge or [threaten] us. Your beliefs either pave your way to success or block you.
17. There is a Basque proverb which notes that more people are [threatened] than are beaten up.
18. There is a Turkish proverb which notes that one bad experience is worth more than a thousand [threats].
19. Abraham Joshua Heschel once remarked that racism is man's gravest [threat] to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
20. Deterioration of the environment is a long-term [threat] to continued rapid economic growth in China.
21. Mount Vesuvius in southern Italy has been labelled the world's most dangerous volcano, and is a constant [threat] to the hundreds of thousands of people who live in its shadow.
22. The quality of our ground water can be seriously [threatened] by the burial of waste material.

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  • threat — W2S2 [θret] n [: Old English;] 1.) [U and C] a statement in which you tell someone that you will cause them harm or trouble if they do not do what you want ▪ Your threats don t scare me. threat of ▪ the threat of military invasion threat from ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • threat — [ θret ] noun *** 1. ) count an occasion when someone says that they will cause you harm or problems, especially if you do not do what they tell you to do: threat of: After threats of legal action they stopped the construction. make/issue a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • threat — n: an expression of an intention to injure another: menace (1) criminal laws against making terroristic threat s Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • threat´en|er — threat|en «THEHT uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make a threat against; say what will be done to hurt or punish: »to threaten a person with imprisonment. The farmer threatened to shoot any dog that killed one of his sheep. 2. Figurative. to give… …   Useful english dictionary

  • threat|en — «THEHT uhn», transitive verb. 1. to make a threat against; say what will be done to hurt or punish: »to threaten a person with imprisonment. The farmer threatened to shoot any dog that killed one of his sheep. 2. Figurative. to give warning of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Threat — may refer to: *behaviour that emphasizes one s aggressive potential, see threat display *An act of coercion wherein a negative consequence is proposed to elicit response (in the case of an empty threat there is no real negative consequence).… …   Wikipedia

  • threat — threat·en; threat·en·er; threat·en·ing·ly; threat·ful; threat; threat·ful·ly; …   English syllables

  • Threat — Threat, v. t. & i. [OE. [thorn]reten, AS. [thorn]re[ a]tian. See {Threat}, n.] To threaten. [Obs. or Poetic] Shak. [1913 Webster] Of all his threating reck not a mite. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Our dreaded admiral from far they threat. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • threat — [thret] n. [ME threte < OE threat, a throng, painful pressure, akin to Ger (ver)driessen, to grieve, annoy < IE * treud , to push, press (prob. < base * ter , to rub) > L trudere, to THRUST] 1. an expression of intention to hurt,… …   English World dictionary

  • Threat — (thr[e^]t), n. [AS. [thorn]re[ a]t, akin to [=a][thorn]re[ o]tan to vex, G. verdriessen, OHG. irdriozan, Icel. [thorn]rj[=o]ta to fail, want, lack, Goth. us[thorn]riutan to vex, to trouble, Russ. trudite to impose a task, irritate, vex, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • threat — O.E. þreat crowd, troop, also oppression, menace, related to þreotan to trouble, weary, from P.Gmc. *threutanan (Cf. Ger. verdrießen to vex ), from PIE *trud push, press (Cf. L. trudere to press, thrust, O.C.S. trudu oppression, M.Ir …   Etymology dictionary