menace
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈmɛnɪs/
Noun

menace (plural menaces)

  1. A perceived threat or danger.
    • the dark menace of the distant war.
  2. The act of threatening.
  3. (informal) An annoying and bothersome person or thing.
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menace (menaces, present participle menacing; past and past participle menaced) (ambitransitive)

  1. (transitive) To make threats against (someone); to intimidate.
    to menace a country with war
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      My master […] did menace me with death.
  2. To threaten (an evil#Noun|evil to be inflicted).
    • 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      By oath he menaced / Revenge upon the cardinal.
  3. To endanger (someone or something); to imperil or jeopardize.
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