- 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.
- to utter or direct a threat against; threaten.
- to serve as a probable threat to; imperil.
- to express or serve as a threat.
Origin of menace
Related Words for menaceperil, plague, hazard, threat, risk, terrorize, intimidate, jeopardize, imperil, endanger, threaten, annoyance, commination, thunder, jeopardy, intimidation, scare, warning, caution, trouble
Examples from the Web for menace
Contemporary Examples of menace
Hitchcock leans toward me in a conspiratorial, almost lascivious, way and says, “Let's pile on the menace.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The menace and abuse was constant; it reads as a household under siege.Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
Unbridled nationalism is a menace; it leads to trade wars and, all too often, real wars.The United States Needs Corporate 'Loyalty Oaths'
August 4, 2014
“I am convinced that the only way to fight this menace is by attacking it on many fronts,” he said in a letter to Congress.Chris Christie to the Drug War: I Wish I Knew How to Quit You
Olivia Nuzzi, Abby Haglage
June 18, 2014
Within the larger political backdrop, ISIS survived and grew into the menace that it is today.Iran Is the Biggest Loser in Iraq
June 15, 2014
Historical Examples of menace
"You will hear from me again," he said, in a tone of menace.Brave and Bold
But think not it is by way of menace, or to intimidate you to favour me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
There was a menace in Mary's voice under which the girl cringed again.Within the Law
Here on the Street, with its menace just across, he must live, that she might work.
When a man finds that a woman can reason,—do anything but feel,—he regards her as a menace.
- to threaten with violence, danger, etc
- literary a threat or the act of threatening
- something menacing; a source of danger
- informal a nuisance
Word Origin for menace
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.