American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A possible danger; a threat: the menace of nuclear war.
- n. The act of threatening.
- n. A troublesome or annoying person: a toddler who was a menace in a shop full of crystal.
- v. To utter threats against.
- v. To constitute a threat to; endanger.
- v. To make threats.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A threat or threatening; the declaration or indication of a hostile intention, or of a probable evil to come.
- n. Synonyms See the verb.
- To threaten; hold out a threat against; express a hostile intention toward, or indicate danger to: followed by with before the threatened evil when expressed: as, the storm menaced the ship with destruction.
- To hold out threats of; indicate the danger or risk of.
- Synonyms Menace, Threaten. Threaten is of very general application, in both great and little things: as, to be threatened with a cold; a threatening cloud; to threaten an attack along the whole line. Threaten is used with infinitives, especially of action, but menace is not: as, to threaten to come, to punish. Menace belongs to dignified style and matters of moment.
- To be threatening; indicate danger or coming harm; threaten.
- n. a perceived threat or danger
- n. the act of threatening
- n. an annoying and bothersome person
- v. to make threats (against someone); to intimidate
- v. to endanger someone or something; to imperil or jeopardize
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The show of an intention to inflict evil; a threat or threatening; indication of a probable evil or catastrophe to come.
- v. 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
withbefore the harm threatened.
- v. To threaten, as an evil to be inflicted.
- v. To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect.
- v. pose a threat to; present a danger to
- v. act in a threatening manner
- n. a threat or the act of threatening
- n. something that is a source of danger
- v. express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture
- First attested in 1303: from the Old French menacer, manecier, manechier and the Anglo-Norman manasser, from the assumed Vulgar Latin *mināciāre, from the Latin minācia, whence the noun. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *minācia, sing. of Latin mināciae, threats, menaces, from mināx, mināc-, threatening, from minārī, to threaten, from minae, threats. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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