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menace

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noun men·ace \ˈme-nəs\

Definition of menace

  1. 1 :  a show of intention to inflict harm :  threat exploding in menaces and threats of vengeance — George Meredith

  2. 2a :  one that represents a threat :  danger the intoxicated motorist is a menace to life and limb — Wayne Hughesb :  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.

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


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menace

verb men·ace

Definition of menace

menaced

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menacing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a show of intention to harm menaced him with immediate expulsion — G. B. Shaw

  3. 2 :  to represent or pose a threat to :  endanger menaced by a group of toughs after his car goes kaput — Leah Rozen

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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

Origin and Etymology of menace

see 1menace



MENACE Defined for English Language Learners

menace

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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

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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

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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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