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 for threat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Threat \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. 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;
     menace; threatening; denunciation.
     [1913 Webster]
           There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a
           constant threat in Japan" [syn: menace, threat]
      2: a warning that something unpleasant is imminent; "they were
         under threat of arrest"
      3: declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict
         harm on another; "his threat to kill me was quite explicit"
      4: a person who inspires fear or dread; "he was the terror of
         the neighborhood" [syn: terror, scourge, threat]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  55 Moby Thesaurus words for "threat":
     admonishment, admonition, alarm, breakers ahead, cardhouse,
     cause for alarm, caution, caveat, commination, crisis, danger,
     dangerous ground, deterrent example, emergency, endangerment,
     example, final notice, final warning, foreboding, forewarning,
     gaping chasm, gathering clouds, hazard, hint, house of cards,
     imperilment, intimation, intimidation, jeopardy, lesson, menace,
     monition, moral, notice, notification, object lesson, omen, pass,
     peril, pinch, plight, portent, predicament, presage, quicksand,
     risk, rocks ahead, storm clouds, strait, thin ice, tip-off,
     ultimatum, verbum sapienti, warning, warning piece

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  THREAT, crim. law. A menace of destruction or injury to the lives or 
  property of those against whom it is made. 
       2. Sending threatening letters to persons for the purpose of extorting 
  money, is said to, be a misdemeanor at common law. Hawk. B. 1, c. 53, s. 1; 
  2 Russ. on Cr. 575; 2 Chit. Cr. L. 841; 4 Bl. Com. l26. To be indictable, 
  the threat must be of a nature calculated to overcome a firm and prudent 
  man. The party who makes a threat may be held to bail for his good 
  behaviour. Vide Com. Dig. Battery, D;  13 Vin. Ab. 357. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  THREAT, evidence. Menace. 
       2. When a confession is obtained from a person accused of crime, in 
  consequence of a threat, evidence of such confession cannot be received, 
  because, being obtained by the torture of fear, it comes in so questionable 
  a shape, that no credit ought to be given to it; 1 Leach, 263; this is the 
  general principle, but what amounts to a threat is not so easily defined. It 
  is proper to observe, however, that the threat must be made by a person 
  having authority over the prisoner, or by another in the presence of such 
  authorized person, and not dissented from by the latter. 8 C. & P. 733. Vide 
  Confession, and the cases there cited. 

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