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threat,

in law, declaration of intent to injure another by doing an unlawful act, with a view to restraining his freedom of action. A threat is distinguishable from an assaultassault,
in law, an attempt or threat, going beyond mere words, to use violence, with the intent and the apparent ability to do harm to another. If violent contact actually occurs, the offense of battery has been committed; modern criminal statutes often combine assault and
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, for an assault requires some physical act that appears likely to eventuate in violence, whereas a threat may consist of words only or an act that is not violent, e.g., unlawful prosecution. Threats made to obtain money or property wrongfully are crimes (see blackmailblackmail,
in law, exaction of money from another by threat of exposure of criminal action or of disreputable conduct. The term was originally used for the tribute levied until the 18th cent.
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 and extortionextortion,
in law, unlawful demanding or receiving by an officer, in his official capacity, of any property or money not legally due to him. Examples include requesting and accepting fees in excess of those allowed to him by statute or arresting a person and, with corrupt
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), and under some statutes, the mere sending of nonextortionate letters that announce an intent to injure the person or property of another is criminal. Any contract concluded while one party is deprived of his freedom of will by a threat (see duressduress
, in law, actual or threatened violence or imprisonment, by reason of which a person is forced to enter into an agreement or to perform some other act against his will.
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) is invalid and may be set aside.

Threat

 

in criminal law, the intent to inflict physical, material, or other harm on an individual or on the interests of society. A threat may be expressed verbally, in writing, by action, or in some other manner. In Soviet criminal law, a threat, as a general rule, is not punishable, but its most dangerous forms are considered to constitute specific corpus delicti. Article 193 of the Criminal Code of the RSFSR states the most serious forms to be a threat of homicide, of the infliction of grave bodily injury, or of the destruction of property by arson or a threat against an official or a public worker with the purpose of terminating official or social activity or of changing its character.

In the majority of cases, a threat is a constituent factor of a specific crime and a means of its commission, for instance, in the case of robbery or rape, and is used mainly to overcome the resistance of the victim. Certain types of threat are considered by law as circumstances proving the increased menace of the criminal. The criminal’s actions are consequently considered to have been committed under aggravating circumstances and entail increased punishment. For instance, rape committed with a threat of murder or infliction of grave bodily injury is punished by deprivation of freedom for a term of five to ten years.

The commission of a crime under threat is considered to be an extenuating circumstance. [26–1386–1 ]

What does it mean when you dream about threatening someone?

Someone who dreams of threatening another in a dream may need to assert himself or herself in some area. If, however, the dreamer is being threatened, the dream may mean that some internal fear of inadequacy needs to be addressed.

threat

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(computer science)
An event that can cause harm to computers, to their data or programs, or to computations.

threat

The danger of an attack on a computer system. See threat management, blended threat and risk assessment.
References in classic literature ?
The secretary urged her, in his chief's name, to commit no imprudence, to stay at home all day and to be careful of drafts; and Carlotta could not help, after he had gone, comparing this unusual and unexpected advice with the threats contained in the letter.
He arose in a terrible passion, slouched his funnel down over his eyes, swore a vast oath, uttered a threat of some character which I did not precisely comprehend, and finally made me a low bow and departed, wishing me, in the language of the archbishop in Gil-Blas, "beaucoup de bonheur et un peu plus de bon sens.
Pennifeather had struck him, and the fiendish expression which then arose upon his countenance, although momentary, assured me that his threat of vengeance would, if possible, be rigidly fulfilled.
A threat was contained in this sentence, and Joan knew, without asking, what the threat was.
So terribly had the old hag played upon the girl's fears that she felt fully certain that the Baron was quite equal to his dire threat, and so she had again been casting about for some means of escape or delay.
Alexis Paulvitch," came the woman's voice, cold and fearless, "you are a coward, and when I whisper a certain name in your ear you will think better of your demands upon me and your threats against me, and then you will leave my cabin quickly, nor do I think that ever again will you, at least, annoy me," and there came a moment's silence in which Tarzan could imagine the woman leaning toward the scoundrel and whispering the thing she had hinted at into his ear.
When Michael, not entirely unwitting of the snub of the man's lack of interest, stirred restlessly with a threat to depart, he had flung at him gruffly:
This threat so terrified the King of Madagao that in hastening to comply he fell over his own feet, breaking the Third Commandment.
Charles May afterward related the unfortunate occurrence to his wife and explained that he had apologized to the son for the hasty blow, but without avail; the young man not only rejected his overtures, but refused to withdraw his terrible threat.
She did not for one moment doubt that the wretch would carry out his threat if she persisted in avoiding him, and in that case the labours of her father's lifetime would be for ever lost.
He knew all the difficulties connected with this course, but he had said he would do it, and now he must carry out his threat.
The idea of renewing my labours did not for one instant occur to me; the threat I had heard weighed on my thoughts, but I did not reflect that a voluntary act of mine could avert it.