noun men·ace \ˈme-nəs\

: a dangerous or possibly harmful person or thing

: someone who causes trouble or annoyance

: a dangerous or threatening quality

Full Definition of MENACE

:  a show of intention to inflict harm :  threat
a :  one that represents a threat :  danger
b :  an annoying person

Examples of MENACE

  1. There was an atmosphere of menace in the city.
  2. She could hear the menace in his voice.

Origin 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

Rhymes with MENACE



: to threaten harm to (someone or something)


Full Definition of MENACE

transitive verb
:  to make a show of intention to harm
:  to represent or pose a threat to :  endanger
intransitive verb
:  to act in a threatening manner
men·ac·ing·ly \-nə-siŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of MENACE

  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>

First Known Use of MENACE

14th century


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