- 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 menacingfrightening, alarming, threatening, dangerous, lowering, looming, impending, approaching, louring, imminent, minatory, intimidatory, minacious
Examples from the Web for menacing
Contemporary Examples of menacing
Two menacing Fargo-esque figures show up to complicate things.Viral Video of the Day: A Little 'Lebowski' Influence in Kahlua Ad
September 4, 2014
And many of my Sikh friends have shared with me a history of racial slurs and menacing stares they have endured over the years.New York’s Sikhs Need Their Own Al Sharpton
August 8, 2014
But it will take a lot more than castrating one menacing tantric to turn the tide.When ‘Tantric’ Is Code for Rape
August 6, 2014
Menacing strangers turned up at his house, and threats arrived in the mail.Why the CIA Loved ‘Doctor Zhivago’
June 26, 2014
The yellow ticking clock that punctuates every episode of 24 is simultaneously bombastic, methodical, menacing, and relentless.‘Live Another Day’ Review: Can Jack Bauer Save ‘24’ From Itself?
May 5, 2014
Historical Examples of menacing
There was a little pause, and the father stood rigid, menacing.Within the Law
To the north lies Thunder Mountain, wall-sided and menacing.The Trail Book
"You won't do anything of the kind," said Chip, quietly—too quietly not to be menacing.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Clouds, heavy and menacing, already shrouded the whole west.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
In spite of the menacing hand, the voice inspired confidence.White Fang
- 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
1540s, present participle adjective from menace (v.). Related: Menacingly.
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.