verb (used with object), men·aced, men·ac·ing.
verb (used without object), men·aced, men·ac·ing.
Origin of menace
Examples from the Web for 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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The menace and abuse was constant; it reads as a household under siege.
Unbridled nationalism is a menace; it leads to trade wars and, all too often, real wars.
“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|DAILY BEAST
Within the larger political backdrop, ISIS survived and grew into the menace that it is today.
It seems to feel that every offer of kindness or familiarity is a menace to its liberty.
The island was a menace to coasters and bore an uncanny reputation.Pocket Island|Charles Clark Munn
Perhaps a menace of publicity, rather than risk, was the cause of the wearing strain on him.The Rustlers of Pecos County|Zane Grey
There was presentiment and menace in every minute of that brief half-hour.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
It was that of an old man—my father's,—and the menace with which the arms were lifted froze the blood in my veins.Cynthia Wakeham's Money|Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for menace
Word Origin for menace
Word Origin and History for menace (1 of 2)
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.