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)
to utter or direct a threat against; threaten.
to serve as a probable threat to; imperil.
verb (used without object)
to express or serve as a threat.
) jutting out, threatening +
verb (used with object),
to threaten with violence, danger, etc
a threat or the act of threatening
something menacing; a source of danger
[C13: ultimately related to Latin
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There is the grim undertaker who rolls his eyes menacingly.
Indeed, the tinderbox city at the heart of the matter is fizzling ever more menacingly.
They mark the area with urine, roar menacingly to warn intruders, and chase off animals that encroach on their turf.
Dig deeper, though, and the outline of a confined proprietary system seems to lurk menacingly in the shadows.
For a minute or two she looks puzzled, wary, menacingly stern.
Government soldiers in armored vehicles menacingly careened through the streets, sometimes firing into crowds.
The rock, bigger than a sports arena, tumbles menacingly close to our planet every few years.
Visitors clamor for a peek at the headless horseman, a veiled actor riding menacingly.
Together they consolidate the village's defenses and shape the villagers into a militia, while the bandits loom menacingly nearby.
Clouds welled up and burst into showers, and lightning bolts zigzagged menacingly.
Instead of crawling away, the snake coiled, raised its head and rattled menacingly.