In this complicated struggle, the stakes have been upped as weapons have made a menacing appearance.
The split second break in that menacing circle saved my life.
As menacing as those automatic rifles were, I felt the Somalis were bluffing.
c.1300, "declaration of hostile intent," also "act of threatening," from Old French menace "menace, threat" (9c.), from Vulgar Latin minacia "threat, menace" (also source of Spanish amenaza, Italian minaccia), singular of Latin minaciæ "threatening things," from minax (genitive minacis) "threatening," from minari "threaten, jut, project," from minæ "threats, projecting points," from PIE root *men- (2) "to project." Applied to persons from 1936.