Synonyms for threat
- writing on the wall
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THREAT
Then I shall have to put it out of your power to carry out your threat.
And you forget that—that devil—suppose she's as good as her threat?
One threat which he used again and again, discovers all his world-blindness to me.
He did not seem particularly alarmed at her threat—or, perhaps, he did not care.
"I'll have you before his honour," is the threat of an Irishman who hopes for partiality.
Naturally, this threat had no effect upon the victorious blacks.
Mason received the threat as a joke, and laughed in Turkey's face.
It needs a war, not a threat of war, to consolidate Austria and Hungary.
But it should be a threat, which is the ware in which you are fond of dealing.
This I say, not as a threat, but as a warning, for I know him to be a man who is like to be as good as his word.'
Old English þreat "crowd, troop," also "oppression, menace," related to þreotan "to trouble, weary," from Proto-Germanic *threutanan (cf. German verdrießen "to vex"), from PIE *trud- "push, press" (cf. Latin trudere "to press, thrust," Old Church Slavonic trudu "oppression," Middle Irish trott "quarrel, conflict," M.Welsh cythrud "torture, torment, afflict"). Sense of "conditional declaration of hostile intention" was in Old English.