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Meaning of MENACE

Pronunciation:  'menis

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a threat or the act of threatening; "he spoke with desperate menace"
  2. [n]  something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"
  3. [v]  act in a threatening manner; "A menacing person"
  4. [v]  express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture; "he menaced the bank manager with a stick"
  5. [v]  pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops"
 

MENACE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: endanger, imperil, jeopardise, jeopardize, peril, threat, threaten
 
 See Also: act, be, behave, danger, do, evince, exist, express, show, threat, yellow peril

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Men"ace\, n. [F., fr. L. minaciae threats, menaces, fr.
    minax, -acis, projecting, threatening, minae projecting
    points or pinnacles, threats. Cf. {Amenable}, {Demean},
    {Imminent}, {Minatory}.]
    The show of an intention to inflict evil; a threat or
    threatening; indication of a probable evil or catastrophe to
    come.
    
          His (the pope's) commands, his rebukes, his menaces.
                                                   --Milman.
    
          The dark menace of the distant war.      --Dryden.
    
    
    
    
  2. \Men"ace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Menaced} ([=a]st); p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Menacing}.] [OF. menacier, F. menacer. See
    {Menace}, n.]
    1. To express or show an intention to inflict, or to hold out
       a prospect of inflicting, evil or injury upon; to
       threaten; -- usually followed by with before the harm
       threatened; as, to menace a country with war.
    
             My master . . . did menace me with death. --Shak.
    
    2. To threaten, as an evil to be inflicted.
    
             By oath he menaced Revenge upon the cardinal.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    
  3. \Men"ace\, v. i.
    To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect.
    
          Who ever knew the heavens menace so?     --Shak.
    
    
 
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