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menace

[men-is] /ˈmɛn ɪs/
noun
1.
something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat:
Air pollution is a menace to health.
2.
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.
3.
an extremely annoying person.
verb (used with object), menaced, menacing.
4.
to utter or direct a threat against; threaten.
5.
to serve as a probable threat to; imperil.
verb (used without object), menaced, menacing.
6.
to express or serve as a threat.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French < Latin minācia, equivalent to mināc- (stem of mināx) jutting out, threatening + -ia -ia
Related forms
menacer, noun
menacingly, adverb
nonmenacing, adjective
premenace, noun, verb (used with object), premenaced, premenacing.
unmenaced, adjective
unmenacing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un menaced

menace

/ˈmɛnɪs/
verb
1.
to threaten with violence, danger, etc
noun
2.
(literary) a threat or the act of threatening
3.
something menacing; a source of danger
4.
(informal) a nuisance
Derived Forms
menacer, noun
menacing, adjective
menacingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: ultimately related to Latin minax threatening, from mināri to threaten
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Word Origin and History for un menaced
menace
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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