Definition of Menace

1. Verb. Pose a threat to; present a danger to. "Sam cannot menace Sue "; "The pollution is endangering the crops"

Exact synonyms: Endanger, Imperil, Jeopardise, Jeopardize, Peril, Threaten
Generic synonyms: Be, Exist
Derivative terms: Jeopardy, Jeopardy, Peril, Peril

2. Noun. Something that is a source of danger. "Earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"
Exact synonyms: Threat
Generic synonyms: Danger
Specialized synonyms: Yellow Peril

3. Verb. Express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture. "He menaced the bank manager with a stick"
Generic synonyms: Evince, Express, Show

4. Noun. A threat or the act of threatening. "He spoke with desperate menace"
Generic synonyms: Threat

5. Verb. Act in a threatening manner. "A menacing person"
Generic synonyms: Act, Behave, Do

Definition of Menace

1. n. The show of an intention to inflict evil; a threat or threatening; indication of a probable evil or catastrophe to come.

2. v. t. 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. v. i. To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect.

Definition of Menace

1. Noun. a perceived threat or danger ¹

2. Noun. the act of threatening ¹

3. Noun. a dangerous person ¹

4. Verb. to make threats (against someone); to intimidate ¹

5. Verb. to endanger someone or something; to imperil or jeopardize ¹

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Definition of Menace

1. to threaten [v -ACED, -ACING, -ACES] - See also: threaten

Lexicographical Neighbors of Menace

men Friday
men about town
men children
men in the street
men of God
men of letters
men of parts
men of size
men of straw
men of the cloth
men of the world
menace (current term)
menadiol diacetate
menadiol sodium diphosphate
menadione alkyltransferase

Literary usage of Menace

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Friend of Peace by Noah Worcester, Massachusetts Peace Society (1827)
"IN the preceding article we have seen the demand and the menace of Georgia, ... Would not such a demand and such a menace from the Cherokees, ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"Contemp 109:378-84 Mr '16 Citizen army of Holland. HW Van Loon. 11 266-83 Ар '16 Dutch neutrality. F. Reyher. Nation 103:130 Ag 10 '16 German menace to ..."

3. Turkey by Stanley Lane-Poole, Elias John Wilkinson Gibb, Arthur Gilman (1899)
"Henceforward the Ottoman Empire ceased to hold the position of a dangerous military power : its armies were never again a menace to Christendom. ..."

4. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1909)
"The Greek Letter Society: A menace or a Help? MARGUERITE OGDEN BIGELOW, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS HE Greek letter society is both mediaeval and T modern ..."

5. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1918)
"SIR: In view of the menace from German submarines, it is possible that an increase may take place in the number of defensively armed British merchant ships, ..."

6. Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman, Hippolyte Havel (1910)
"PATRIOTISM A menace TO LIBERTY WHAT is patriotism? Is it love of one's birthplace, the place of childhood's recollections and hopes, dreams and aspirations? ..."

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