1 expression of intention to do harm/punish
dire, terrible

Despite dire threats of violence from extremist groups, the protest passed off peacefully.

empty, idle

The kids took no notice of the teacher's idle threats.

implied, veiled

The company's pay offer was accompanied by thinly veiled threats if it was rejected.

physical, violent
bomb, death, suicide
issue, make, utter
carry out

It's unwise to make threats that you cannot carry out.

lift, withdraw

Teachers have lifted their threat of strike action.

give in to

The government refused to give in to the hijackers' threats.

threat against

The accused made death threats against a notable politician.

2 possible danger
big, considerable, dangerous, deadly, grave, great, major, real, serious, significant
growing, increasing
constant, continual, ever-present, permanent

The national park is under renewed threat from road-building schemes.

direct, immediate, imminent

The opposition presents no immediate threat to the government.

long-term, short-term
possible, potential
apparent, perceived

The government was faced with internal rebellion as well as external threats.

environmental, health
military, nuclear, security, terror, terrorist
be, constitute, pose, present, represent

the environmental threat posed by oil spillages

consider sth (as), perceive sth as, regard sth as, see sth as, view sth as

Translators do not yet perceive computers as a threat to their livelihood.

address, face, meet
counter, eliminate
assessment, level
under threat

Many wild plants are under threat of extinction.

threat from

the threat from overfishing

threat of

a threat of violence

threat to

The junta reacted violently to the perceived threat to its authority.

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