AskDefine | Define menace

Dictionary Definition



1 something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan" [syn: threat]
2 a threat or the act of threatening; "he spoke with desperate menace"


1 pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops" [syn: endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, threaten, imperil, peril]
2 express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture; "he menaced the bank manager with a stick"
3 act in a threatening manner; "A menacing person"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a perceived threat or danger
  2. the act of threatening
  3. a dangerous person


to menace (transitive or intransitive)
  1. to make threats (against someone); to intimidate
  2. to endanger someone or something; to imperil or jeopardize




menace f
  1. threat

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Menace (Greek Mainákē) is an ancient Greek settlement lying to the southeast of Spain according to Strabo (3,4,2). The exact location is unknown to date.

Further reading

menace in German: Mainake
menace in Polish: Majnake

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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