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Definitions for menace
ˈmɛn ɪsmen·ace

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. menace, threatnoun

    something that is a source of danger

    "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"

  2. menaceverb

    a threat or the act of threatening

    "he spoke with desperate menace"

  3. endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil, perilverb

    pose a threat to; present a danger to

    "The pollution is endangering the crops"

  4. menaceverb

    express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture

    "he menaced the bank manager with a stick"

  5. menaceverb

    act in a threatening manner

    "A menacing person"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Menacenoun


    Etymology: menace, Fr. from the verb.

    He that would not believe the menace of God at first, it may be doubted whether, before an ocular example, he believed the curse at last. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i.

    The Trojans view the dusty cloud from far,
    And the dark menace of the distant war. John Dryden, Æneis.

  2. To Menaceverb

    To threaten; to threat.

    Etymology: menacer, Fr.

    Who ever knew the heavens menace so? William Shakespeare.

    Your eyes do menace me: why look you pale?
    Who sent you hither? William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    My master knows not but I am gone hence,
    And fearfully did menace me with death,
    If I did stay to look on his intents. William Shakespeare.

    From this league
    Peep’d harms that menac’d him. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    What shou’d he do? ’Twas death to go away,
    And the god menac’d if he dar’d to stay. John Dryden, Fables.



    The Matchbox Educable Noughts and Crosses Engine (sometimes called the Machine Educable Noughts and Crosses Engine or MENACE) was a mechanical computer made from 304 matchboxes designed and built by artificial intelligence researcher Donald Michie in 1961. It was designed to play human opponents in games of noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) by returning a move for any given state of play and to refine its strategy through reinforcement learning. Michie did not have a computer readily available, so he worked around this restriction by building it out of matchboxes. The matchboxes used by Michie each represented a single possible layout of a noughts and crosses grid. When the computer first played, it would randomly choose moves based on the current layout. As it played more games, through a reinforcement loop, it disqualified strategies that led to losing games, and supplemented strategies that led to winning games. Michie held a tournament against MENACE in 1961, wherein he experimented with different openings. Following MENACE's maiden tournament against Michie, it demonstrated successful artificial intelligence in its strategy. Michie's essays on MENACE's weight initialisation and the BOXES algorithm used by MENACE became popular in the field of computer science research. Michie was honoured for his contribution to machine learning research, and was twice commissioned to program a MENACE simulation on an actual computer.


  1. menace

    A menace refers to someone or something that poses a threat, harm, or danger to others or society. It can describe a person, group, situation, or object that causes fear, mischief, or disruption, often with the intention of causing harm or creating a sense of insecurity. Menaces can vary in severity, ranging from minor annoyances to significant threats to safety and well-being.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Menacenoun

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

  2. Menacenoun

    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. Menacenoun

    to threaten, as an evil to be inflicted

  4. Menaceverb

    to act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect

  5. Etymology: [OF. menacier, F. menacer. See Menace, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Menace

    men′ās, v.t. to threaten.—v.i. to act in a threatening manner.—n. a threat or threatening: a show of an intention to do harm.—adj. Men′acing, overhanging: threatening.—adv. Men′acingly. [Fr.,—L. minaciæ, threats—minæ, the overhanging points of a wall.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. menace

    A hostile threat. Menacing words used in the presence of a court-martial are punishable in accordance with Article of War 86. See Appendix.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of menace in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of menace in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of menace in a Sentence

  1. Herbert Butterfield:

    But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness -- each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked -- each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity.

  2. Jean Kerr:

    The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.

  3. Fredric Wehrey:

    It did stir a lot of ambivalence and even outright criticism from people who say, 'Well you know, ISIS is bad but at least ISIS is standing up to the Shiites and the Iranian menace,' now this war on the Houthis is a godsend to them because they are able to stir up this new Saudi nationalism, this pan-Sunni fervor, and it's to show they are defending the Sunnis... for domestic benefit.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    In January, a horrible, horrible terrorist attack took place in Paris, you'd think it would have heightened the urgency to pass a homeland security bill, but the Republicans still say no to passing a clean bill unless they can be a menace to immigration.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    Since I do not foresee that atomic energy is to be a great boon for a long time, I have to say that for the present it is a menace. Perhaps it is well that it should be. It may intimidate the human race into bringing order into its international affairs, which, without the pressure of fear, it would not do.

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    • A. victimised
    • B. sought
    • C. abrupt
    • D. busy

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