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threat  audio  (thrt) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. An expression of an intention to inflict pain, injury, evil, or punishment.
  2. An indication of impending danger or harm.
  3. One that is regarded as a possible danger; a menace.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
Archaic threat·ed, threat·ing, threats
To threaten.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old English thrat, oppression; see treud- in Indo-European roots


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