verb (used with object), men·aced, men·ac·ing.
verb (used without object), men·aced, men·ac·ing.
- men's room,
- men's wear,
- menadiol diacetate,
Origin of menace
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.