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threat

 
 
pronunciation:
thret
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a statement that harm or punishment will follow.
Our neighbor uses threats to frighten us away from his property.
similar words:
challenge, menace, warning
definition 2: a warning of trouble or harm.
After the emperor was killed, a threat of war hung over the country.
similar words:
danger, hazard, jeopardy, menace, omen, risk