Definitions for menaceˈmɛn ɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

men•aceˈmɛn ɪs(n.; v.)-aced, -ac•ing.

  1. (n.)something that threatens to cause evil, harm, etc.; threat.

  2. a person whose actions or ideas are considered dangerous or harmful.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. an extremely annoying person.

  4. (v.t.)threaten.

  5. to serve as a probable threat to; imperil.

  6. (v.i.)to act as a threat; be threatening.

Origin of menace:

1250–1300; ME < MF < L minācia <mināc-, s. of mināx threatening


Princeton's WordNet

  1. menace, threat(noun)

    something that is a source of danger

    "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"

  2. menace(verb)

    a threat or the act of threatening

    "he spoke with desperate menace"

  3. endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil, peril(verb)

    pose a threat to; present a danger to

    "The pollution is endangering the crops"

  4. menace(verb)

    express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture

    "he menaced the bank manager with a stick"

  5. menace(verb)

    act in a threatening manner

    "A menacing person"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Menace(noun)

    the show of an intention to inflict evil; a threat or threatening; indication of a probable evil or catastrophe to come

  2. Menace(noun)

    to express or show an intention to inflict, or to hold out a prospect of inflicting, evil or injury upon; to threaten; -- usually followed by with before the harm threatened; as, to menace a country with war

  3. Menace(noun)

    to threaten, as an evil to be inflicted

  4. Menace(verb)

    to act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect


  1. Menace

    Menace or Maenace is an ancient Greek settlement lying to the southeast of Spain according to Strabo. The exact location is unknown to date.

Translations for menace

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something likely to cause injury, damage etc

Traffic is a menace on narrow roads.

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