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menace

noun men·ace \ ˈme-nəs \

Definition of menace

1 :a show of intention to inflict harm :threat
  • exploding in menaces and threats of vengeance
  • —George Meredith
2 a :one that represents a threat :danger
  • the intoxicated motorist is a menace to life and limb
  • —Wayne Hughes
b :an annoying person
  • her friends were beginning to find her a menace
  • —Guy McCrone

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.

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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

menace Synonyms


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menace

verb

Definition of menace

menaced; menacing
transitive verb
1 :to make a show of intention to harm
  • menaced him with immediate expulsion
  • —G. B. Shaw
2 :to represent or pose a threat to :endanger
  • menaced by a group of toughs after his car goes kaput
  • —Leah Rozen
intransitive verb
:to act in a threatening manner
  • The bear menaced with its mouth wide open.

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

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Origin and Etymology of menace



MENACE Defined for English Language Learners

menace

noun

Definition of menace for English Language Learners

  • : a dangerous or possibly harmful person or thing

  • : someone who causes trouble or annoyance

  • : a dangerous or threatening quality


menace

verb

Definition of menace for English Language Learners

  • : to threaten harm to (someone or something)


MENACE Defined for Kids

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menace

noun men·ace \ ˈme-nəs \

Definition of menace for Students

1 :danger 2
  • That vicious dog is a menace.
2 :an annoying person

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menace

verb

Definition of menace for Students

menaced; menacing
:to threaten harm to
  • The pirates menaced the ship's passengers.

Law Dictionary

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menace

noun men·ace \ ˈme-nəs \

legal Definition of menace

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 :one who represents a threat

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menace

verb

legal Definition of menace

menaced; menacing
transitive verb
1 :to make a show of intention to harm
2 :to represent or pose a threat to
intransitive verb
:to act in a threatening manner

menacingly

adverb


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