menace

[ men-is ]
/ ˈmɛn ɪs /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), men·aced, men·ac·ing.

to utter or direct a threat against; threaten.
to serve as a probable threat to; imperil.

verb (used without object), men·aced, men·ac·ing.

to express or serve as a threat.

Nearby words

  1. men's,
  2. men's room,
  3. men's wear,
  4. men-,
  5. men-children,
  6. menacing,
  7. menacme,
  8. menad,
  9. menadiol diacetate,
  10. menadione

Origin of menace

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Latin minācia, equivalent to mināc- (stem of mināx) jutting out, threatening + -ia -ia

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for premenace

menace

/ (ˈmɛnɪs) /

verb

to threaten with violence, danger, etc

noun

literary a threat or the act of threatening
something menacing; a source of danger
informal a nuisance
Derived Formsmenacer, nounmenacing, adjectivemenacingly, adverb

Word Origin for menace

C13: ultimately related to Latin minax threatening, from mināri to threaten

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Word Origin and History for premenace
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