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menace

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noun men·ace \ˈme-nəs\

Simple Definition of menace

  • : a dangerous or possibly harmful person or thing

  • : someone who causes trouble or annoyance

  • : a dangerous or threatening quality

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of menace

  1. 1 :  a show of intention to inflict harm :  threat

  2. 2 a :  one that represents a threat :  danger b :  an annoying person

Examples of menace in a sentence

  1. There was an atmosphere of menace in the city.

  2. She could hear the menace in his voice.



Origin and Etymology of menace

Middle English manace, from Anglo-French manace, menace, from Latin minacia, from minac-, minax threatening, from minari to threaten — more at mount


First Known Use: 14th century


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menace

verb men·ace

Simple Definition of menace

  • : to threaten harm to (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of menace

menaced

menacing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a show of intention to harm

  3. 2 :  to represent or pose a threat to :  endanger

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to act in a threatening manner

menacingly

play \-nə-siŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of menace in a sentence

  1. <menaced the children by leaving them in the car unattended>

  2. <stockpiles of nuclear weapons that continue to menace the inhabitants of this planet>



14th Century

First Known Use of menace

14th century

Rhymes with menace



MENACE Defined for Kids

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menace

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noun men·ace \ˈme-nəs\

Definition of menace for Students

  1. 1 :  danger 2 <That vicious dog is a menace.>

  2. 2 :  an annoying person




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menace

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verb men·ace

Definition of menace for Students

menaced

menacing

  1. :  to threaten harm to <The pirates menaced the ship's passengers.>




Law Dictionary

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menace

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noun men·ace \ˈme-nəs\

Legal Definition of menace

  1. 1 :  a show of an intention to inflict especially physical harm <accomplished against a person's will by means of force,…menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury — California Penal Code>

  2. 2 :  one who represents a threat




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menace

verb men·ace

Legal Definition of menace

menaced

menacing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a show of intention to harm

  3. 2 :  to represent or pose a threat to

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to act in a threatening manner

menacingly

adverb




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