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THREAT, crim. law. A menace of destruction or injury to the lives or property of those against whom it is made.
     2. Sending threatening letters to persons for the purpose of extorting money, is said to, be a misdemeanor at common law. Hawk. B. 1, c. 53, s. 1; 2 Russ. on Cr. 575; 2 Chit. Cr. L. 841; 4 Bl. Com. l26. To be indictable, the threat must be of a nature calculated to overcome a firm and prudent man. The party who makes a threat may be held to bail for his good behaviour. Vide Com. Dig. Battery, D; 13 Vin. Ab. 357.

THREAT, evidence. Menace.
     2. When a confession is obtained from a person accused of crime, in consequence of a threat, evidence of such confession cannot be received, because, being obtained by the torture of fear, it comes in so questionable a shape, that no credit ought to be given to it; 1 Leach, 263; this is the general principle, but what amounts to a threat is not so easily defined. It is proper to observe, however, that the threat must be made by a person having authority over the prisoner, or by another in the presence of such authorized person, and not dissented from by the latter. 8 C. & P. 733. Vide Confession, and the cases there cited.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The overall theme of a communication denotes the primary category selected, while other ancillary factors, such as the mechanism of a threatened action itself, can place it into a secondary one.
Do not threaten or attack other passengers: Passengers and crew members could also see such behavior as part of an attempted hijacking or act of sabotage.
The Inquisition, though eventually using the wrong methods, fought for the preservation of truth against groups such as the Albigensians and Cathars who threatened truth by spreading the views that marriage and sexual relations are evil!
Highly symbolic, the cave represents the darkness that has threaten to consume Daniel all this time--the darkness and enigma of his childhood and family, his inability to express love and make a commitment to a woman.
Official European security documents typically cite four security threats facing the European Union, namely "terrorism, WMD proliferation, failed states, and regional conflicts." All of these are problems that either originate in or directly threaten the sources and routes of Europe's energy supplies.
The man - claiming to be an Islamic militant - had reportedly threatened to blow up the airport unless the Australian government declared that "Saddam is good".
In the first case, the hospital executives' understanding of who they are, their role in the community and what behaviors are appropriate to that role appears to have been seriously threatened, resulting in emotionally-heated reactions to defend their traditional territory.
The nice thing about a winner-take-all final against the Americans on an ice rink is that they cannot threaten trade sanctions.
Environmental conditions in many areas threaten to reverse the gains made in public health over the last several decades (1).
We appreciate the popular appeal of striving to make the tax law simpler and fairer (and, no, we do not believe our livelihoods are threatened by tax simplification).
Hearing Of Officer: "Did the landlord at any time threaten to physically evict you himself?"
In fact, we continually claim that trade is not an instrument of foreign policy, yet we threaten trade sanctions and revoke China's Most Favored Nation status, while extending it to other nations that commit the same offenses.