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Emotional ImpactPlay
Using 'threaten' can convey strong fear or anxiety in the listener or reader. SlideHe threatened to destroy all my work.
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Implied PowerPlay
'Threaten' implies the speaker has some power or ability to carry out the harm. SlideThe gang leader threatened to take over the neighborhood.
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Not Always PhysicalPlay
Threats can be non-physical, targeting emotional well-being or reputation. SlideShe threatened to spread rumors about him.