Threat vs Ostrichlike - What's the difference?

threat | ostrichlike |

As a noun threat

is an expression of intent to injure or punish another.

As a verb threat

is (label) to press; urge; compel.

As an adjective ostrichlike is

resembling or characteristic of an ostrich.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), .


(en noun)
  • An expression of intent to injure or punish another.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats .
  • An indication of imminent danger.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Many genes with reproductive roles also have antibacterial and immune functions, which indicate that the threat of microbial attack on the sperm or egg may be a major influence on rapid evolution during reproduction.}}
  • A person or object that is regarded as a danger; a menace.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 2, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Bulgaria 0-3 England , passage=Rooney's United team-mate Chris Smalling was given his debut at right-back and was able to adjust to the international stage in relatively relaxed fashion as Bulgaria barely posed a threat of any consequence.}}

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • (label) To press; urge; compel.
  • (archaic) To threaten.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.vii:
  • An hideous Geant horrible and hye, / That with his talnesse seemd to threat the skye
  • * 1599 , , V. i. 37:
  • O yes, and soundless too; / For you have stolen their buzzing, Antony, / And very wisely threat before you sting.
  • (label) To use threats; act or speak menacingly; threaten.
  • ostrichlike


    Alternative forms

    * ostrich-like


    (en adjective)
  • Resembling or characteristic of an ostrich.
  • Ignoring an imminent threat or unpleasant reality; head-in-the-sand
  • * 2009 , Christopher Vasey, The Naturopathic Way (page vii)
  • Should our response to these paradoxes of the modern world be to maintain our comfort level with an ostrichlike denial of the evidence, or to hold an alarmist and paranoid discourse?