- 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 menacinglyseverely, sorely, badly, very, intensely, acutely, grievously, gravely, decidedly, quite, deplorably, distressingly, menacingly, perilously, precariously, regrettably, threateningly
Examples from the Web for menacingly
Historical Examples of menacingly
"Pilot, you will be responsible for this if my prisoners escape," said Mr. Grab menacingly.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
He stared his tall visitor up and down critically, menacingly.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
"There might be worse things for you to face," replied the man, menacingly.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
And conditions throughout the summer of 1886 had been menacingly unfavorable.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
Alfred cocked his revolver and menacingly pointed it at him.The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet
- 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.