Definition of menace in English:


Line breaks: men¦ace
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛnəs


  • 1A person or thing that is likely to cause harm; a threat or danger: a new initiative aimed at beating the menace of drugs the snakes are a menace to farm animals
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    • Leonard was jailed for 13 months after a judge told him he had not only been a danger but a menace to other road users.
    • Even more important, they might fail to notice a menace or threat which if not guarded against might harm or even destroy them, their regime, and possibly even the state as well.
    • During sentencing, Judge Hernandez stated that Diane was dangerous and a menace to society.
    danger, peril, risk, hazard, threat; jeopardy, source of apprehension/dread/fright/fear/terror
  • 1.1 [mass noun] A threatening quality or atmosphere: he spoke the words with a hint of menace
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    • Some will argue that this is to develop an atmosphere of doom-laden menace - the gathering thunder, both political and spiritual, looming on the horizon.
    • Bovell and his band conjured up an atmosphere of potent menace and seething sensuality.
    • All Pinter's plays have a common atmosphere of darkness, menace and psychological intrigue.
    threat, ominousness, intimidation, warning, ill-omen
    rare commination
  • 1.2 (menaces) British Threatening words or actions: a demand of money with menaces
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    • On the facts, it appears that Paul could not succeed with this argument; and as he has clearly made an unwarranted demand with menaces, it is submitted he will be found guilty of blackmail.
    • There is already the offence of blackmail, which penalizes the making of unwarranted demands with menaces, and this should be the starting-point.
    • If the person making the demand has in fact a claim of right to the money, then it does not constitute the offence of demanding money with menaces because the circumstances do not amount to stealing.
  • 1.3 informal A person or thing that causes trouble or annoyance.


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  • Maybe the menacers were just a bunch of rowdy, irresponsible kids on an adrenaline rush - no conspiracies, no evil plots.
  • We tell them we need them to be contributors, not menacers to society.
  • Three days later, after the young secretary identified one of her menacers as a former police agent, a fifth thug threatened her life as well.


Middle English: via Old French from late Latin minacia, from Latin minax, minac- 'threatening', from minae 'threats'.

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