- 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 menacedterrorize, intimidate, jeopardize, imperil, endanger, threaten, lower, peril, risk, impend, alarm, hazard, portend, loom, compromise, overhang, spook, torment, chill, scare
Examples from the Web for menaced
Contemporary Examples of menaced
Which parent in Central Park, young child in tow, has not been menaced out of his wits by speeding bicyclists?The Great New York City Bicycle Wars
December 14, 2009
Historical Examples of menaced
The attitude in which he rested his menaced eyes was profoundly meditative.
He was menaced by this thing in the very sources of his existence.
Out of his puniness and fright he challenged and menaced the whole wide world.White Fang
Neither did the blot with which the birth of my grandfather was menaced affect me much.Wilfrid Cumbermede
She would have urged him gently, even then, but he menaced her with his chain.Barnaby Rudge
- 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.