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), menaced, menacing.
to utter or direct a threat against; threaten.
to serve as a probable threat to; imperil.
verb (used without object), menaced, menacing.
to express or serve as a threat.

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

menacer, noun
menacingly, adverb
nonmenacing, adjective
premenace, noun, verb (used with object), premenaced, premenacing.
unmenaced, adjective
unmenacing, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
menace (ˈmɛnɪs)
1.  to threaten with violence, danger, etc
2.  literary a threat or the act of threatening
3.  something menacing; a source of danger
4.  informal a nuisance
[C13: ultimately related to Latin minax threatening, from mināri to threaten]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "declaration of hostile intent," also "act of threatening," from O.Fr. menace, from V.L. minacia "threat, menace," sing. of L. minaciæ "threatening things," from minax (gen. minacis) "threatening," from minari "threaten, jut, project," from minæ "threats, projecting points." Applied
to persons from 1936. The verb is attested from c.1300. Related: Menaced; menacing; menacingly.
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Example sentences
Menacing body posture can be as threatening as a frightening facial expression, according to new research.
Even the menacing lion has a Gumby-like elasticity that declaws his potential to frighten little ones.
Also, the world at last has the tools it needs to control this menacing disease.
His lungs were damaged, and a host of potentially menacing infections festered in his system.
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