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menace

[men-is]
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noun
  1. something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat: Air pollution is a menace to health.
  2. a person whose actions, attitudes, or ideas are considered dangerous or harmful: When he gets behind the wheel of a car, he's a real menace.
  3. an extremely annoying person.
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verb (used with object), men·aced, men·ac·ing.
  1. to utter or direct a threat against; threaten.
  2. to serve as a probable threat to; imperil.
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verb (used without object), men·aced, men·ac·ing.
  1. to express or serve as a threat.
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Origin of menace

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Latin minācia, equivalent to mināc- (stem of mināx) jutting out, threatening + -ia -ia
Related formsmen·ac·er, nounmen·ac·ing·ly, adverbnon·men·ac·ing, adjectivepre·men·ace, noun, verb (used with object), pre·men·aced, pre·men·ac·ing.un·men·aced, adjectiveun·men·ac·ing, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • No more ostentatiously unimpressive and unmenacing demonstration could have been devised.

    The Myth of a Guilty Nation

    Albert Jay Nock


British Dictionary definitions for unmenacing

menace

verb
  1. to threaten with violence, danger, etc
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noun
  1. literary a threat or the act of threatening
  2. something menacing; a source of danger
  3. informal a nuisance
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Derived Formsmenacer, nounmenacing, adjectivemenacingly, adverb

Word Origin

C13: ultimately related to Latin minax threatening, from mināri to threaten
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Word Origin and History for unmenacing

menace

n.

c.1300, "declaration of hostile intent," also "act of threatening," from Old French menace "menace, threat" (9c.), from Vulgar Latin minacia "threat, menace" (also source of Spanish amenaza, Italian minaccia), singular of Latin minaciæ "threatening things," from minax (genitive minacis) "threatening," from minari "threaten, jut, project," from minæ "threats, projecting points," from PIE root *men- (2) "to project." Applied to persons from 1936.

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menace

v.

c.1300, from Old French menacer "threaten, urge" (11c.), Anglo-French manasser, from Vulgar Latin *minaciare "to threaten," from minacia (see menace (n.)). Related: Menaced; menacing.

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