Meaning of Threat


A threat is a gesture, expression, or action that anticipates the intention to harm someone if the threatened person does not meet certain demands. The concept can also be used with reference to the imminent development of something negative.

For example: “The woman who reported a drug dealer says that last night received a threat”, “The lack of external credit is a threat to economic growth”, “terrorists launched a new threat to the US government”.

When an individual threatens another, he warns him of the harm he will suffer if he does not do what he asks. Threats can appear in different contexts and have different severities.

A mother can threaten her child by removing the television from her bedroom if she does not improve her grades at school. In this case, the threat tries to function as an incentive for the child to work hard in the study.

Different is the case of the man who threatens to shoot his neighbor in the head if he continues to make noise. Such action poses a death threat: the recipient of the threat must change his behavior or he will be killed.

This last threat, like others considered serious, constitutes a crime. For the law, when someone anticipates the commission of an illegal act with the aim of causing fear in another subject, he incurs a criminal action. The neighbor who “warns” the other who will murder him if he does not comply with his request, is committing a crime with his threat.

In the same way, we cannot overlook the fact that the title of one of the films that give shape to one of the film sagas of all time bears in its title. We are referring to the feature film “Episode I: The Phantom Menace”, which is included within the series “Star Wars” or “Star Wars”.

Specifically, it is the fourth installment although the first in order by history. It was released in 1999 and is directed by George Lucas. In it, he comes to expose how the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are in charge of watching over, taking care of and protecting Queen Amidala during the trip she makes from Naboo to Coruscant.

That without overlooking that the life of other important figures in the entire saga is also exposed, as would be the case, for example, Anakin Skywalker or the so-called Sith.

Likewise, within the literary field we find numerous publications that also revolve around a threat. This would be the case, among others, of the novel “The Andromeda Strain”, by the famous writer Michael Chrichton.

In 1969 it was when that book was published, a best-seller that was brought to the big screen years later and that revolves around a project carried out by scientists. With it, what they are trying to do is plan how to deal with a possible case of extraterrestrial contamination.