Menace definition

mĕnĭs
(informal) A person who is a nuisance.
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To constitute a threat to; endanger.

Rome was menaced by invading armies.

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To threaten or be a danger (to)
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Anything threatening harm or evil.
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A threat or the act of threatening.
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A possible danger; a threat.

A careless driver who was a menace to public safety.

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The definition of a menace is a person or situation that is a possible damage or threat.

An example of a menace is a person who is very accident prone and who is likely to break things.

An example of a menace is an approaching hurricane.

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A troublesome or annoying person.

Considered her little brother to be a menace.

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The quality of being threatening.

A hint of menace in his voice.

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The act of threatening.
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An annoying and bothersome person.
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To make threats against (someone); to intimidate.

To menace a country with war.

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To threaten (an evil to be inflicted).
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To endanger (someone or something); to imperil or jeopardize.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
menace
Plural:
menaces

Origin of menace

  • Middle English from Old French from Vulgar Latin minācia sing. of Latin mināciae threats, menaces from mināx mināc- threatening from minārī to threaten from minae threats men-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1303: from the Old French menacer, manecier, manechier and the Anglo-Norman manasser, from the assumed Vulgar Latin *mināciāre, from the Latin minācia, whence the noun.

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested ante 1300: from the Old French manace, menace, from the Latin minācia, from minax (“threatening"), from minor (“I threaten").

    From Wiktionary