Definition of menace in English:


Syllabification: men·ace
Pronunciation: /ˈmenəs


  • 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.
  • 1.1A threatening quality, tone, 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
  • 1.2 informal A person or thing that causes trouble or annoyance: his kid sister, that chatty little menace, had become the knockout of the neighborhood
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    • But in the hands of the wrong people, a Rottweiler or a big, powerful dog of any breed is an absolute menace.
    • Ben is doing well, he is full of cheek and is a complete menace, good fun though.
    nuisance, pest, annoyance, plague, torment, terror, troublemaker, mischief-maker, thorn in someone's side/flesh


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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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