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menace

[ men-is ]
/ 藞m蓻n 瑟s /
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Definition of menace

noun
something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat: Air pollution is a menace to health.
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.
an extremely annoying person.
verb (used with object), men路aced, men路ac路ing.
to utter or direct a threat against; threaten.
to serve as a probable threat to; imperil: overdevelopment that menaces our suburbs.
verb (used without object), men路aced, men路ac路ing.
to express or serve as a threat.
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Origin of menace

First recorded in 1300鈥50; Middle English manace, manance, from Middle French manace, menace, from Late Latin min膩cia 鈥渢hreat,鈥 equivalent to min膩c- (stem of min膩x ) 鈥渏utting out, threatening鈥 + -ia; verb from noun; see -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM menace

men路ac路er, nounpre路men路ace, noun, verb (used with object), pre路men路aced, pre路men路ac路ing.un路men路aced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for menace

menace
/ (藞m蓻n瑟s) /

verb
to threaten with violence, danger, etc
noun
literary a threat or the act of threatening
something menacing; a source of danger
informal a nuisance

Derived forms of menace

menacer, nounmenacing, adjectivemenacingly, adverb

Word Origin for menace

C13: ultimately related to Latin minax threatening, from min膩ri to threaten
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