menace

Definitions

  • The Greatest Menace of the Seas
    The Greatest Menace of the Seas
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v menace act in a threatening manner "A menacing person"
    • v menace express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture "he menaced the bank manager with a stick"
    • v menace pose a threat to; present a danger to "The pollution is endangering the crops"
    • n menace a threat or the act of threatening "he spoke with desperate menace"
    • n menace something that is a source of danger "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Menace 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 .""The dark menace of the distant war."
    • v. i Menace To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect. "Who ever knew the heavens menace so?"
    • Menace 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."
    • Menace To threaten, as an evil to be inflicted. "By oath he menaced Revenge upon the cardinal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n menace A threat or threatening; the declaration or indication of a hostile intention, or of a probable evil to come.
    • n menace Synonyms See the verb.
    • menace 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.
    • menace To hold out threats of; indicate the danger or risk of.
    • menace 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.
    • menace To be threatening; indicate danger or coming harm; threaten.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Menace men′ās to threaten
    • v.i Menace to act in a threatening manner
    • n Menace a threat or threatening: a show of an intention to do harm
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Quotations

  • David Sarnoff
    David Sarnoff
    “The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore%20Roosevelt
    “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
  • Aleister Crowley
    Aleister%20Crowley
    “The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    John%20F.%20Kennedy
    “Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “I cannot help thinking that the menace of Hell makes as many devils as the severe penal codes of inhuman humanity make villains.”
  • Anthony Burgess
    Anthony%20Burgess
    “Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. minaciae, threats, menaces, fr. minax, -acis, projecting, threatening, minae, projecting points or pinnacles, threats. Cf. Amenable Demean Imminent Minatory

Usage

In literature:

Meanwhile the spring drive of the Red Guards who had massed up near Trufanagora on the Pinega River was menacing Pinega.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Twenty years ago he had given her a harsh, cold answer, and treated her menaces with impatient scorn.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
Suddenly I perceived the menace of even worse boredom.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The shuttered gloom of the eastern side shows strangely menacing.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
The aged sybil lifted a skinny finger and shook it menacingly at the sexton.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
It seemed to me that the blade against my wrist had relaxed its menace of pressure and just rested in position.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
The peril which menaced them added wings to their flight.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
Next the British were menaced from the north and east.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
CITY COUNCIL MEETS TO END GRASS MENACE.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
It may have been my imagination; but I was sure I felt her hand turn cold in mine and draw away as if to escape a menace.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
The gentleman from New York intimated that if a State came to him with a menace he would meet it with a menace.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
But for Bill the wind held a real menace.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The silence, save for the swish of the paddles, was brooding and full of menace.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A new menace hovered over every coyote that ranged near the foot of the Hardpan Spur, a menace that filled the hardiest prairie wolf with dread.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
Pursing his lips he uttered a loud sharp whistle, a whistle full of warning and menace.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
They might not know of the ape-things which could menace the dark.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
His isolation was menaced.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
The air brought no menace to either eye or ear, and then he stepped forth.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
For years they continued to be a menace to the lonely settler or the frontier village.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
He is menaced by powerful and terrible enemies.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
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In poetry:

Then did the bird reply:
``I sing because I know
That Spring will surely come:
That is the reason why,
Though menaced by the snow,
Even now I am not dumb.
"A November Note" by Alfred Austin
Oh, weep no more, Dark Rosaleen!
Menace and terror pass you by.
Oh, loved beyond the sceptred queen,
Dark Rosaleen for whom men die!
And loved till death, Dark Rosaleen.
"Menace" by Katharine Tynan
O gentle France, to you we owe the most,
For with unflinching eyes, and unafraid,
You faced the menace that hung o'er us all,
And with thy blood for common freedom paid.
""Souvenons-Nous"" by Robert A Donaldson
But as yonder fair sun, o'er the fast fleeting clouds
That menacing gather below,
Proceeds on his course, and, though darken'd to us,
No change in his brightness can know:
"The Setting Sun" by Caroline Fry
She seems to hide all looks that have ever fallen
into her, so that, like an audience,
she can look them over, menacing and sullen,
and curl to sleep with them. But all at once
"Black Cat" by Rainer Maria Rilke
To talk thus is folly! I doubt not thy truth,
A few years of absence will quickly pass over,
I scorn other perils that menace my youth,
From that wound, I must own, I could never recover!
"Song III" by Matilda Betham

In news:

Giant ears, buck teeth and that frozen, friendly smile masking a hint of menace.
The phantom menace of voter fraud.
SALEM — Police are seeking the man who robbed the 7- Eleven on Norman Street late Friday night, menacing the clerk with a gun.
Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor in The Phantom Menace.
My colleague Dorothy Pomerantz notes that this weekend, the re-issued 3-D version of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, pulled down about $23 million in the Box Office over the weekend.
Metal gates return to menace cyclists.
Willem Dafoe, as menacing as usual, and Sam Neill go stalking in "The Hunter.".
Restoration Hardware Makes Showrooming Its Model, Not Menace.
A University of Colorado student has been arrested for menacing after he wore a mask depicting the Joker from the Batman series in a Boulder movie theater Sunday night.
This heavily armed Cyborg is a recurring menace.
Liza Minnelli, 66, first appeared on Broadway in 1965 in ¿Flora The Red Menace.¿ She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, making her the youngest person to win that prize.
Storm marches menacingly toward East Coast.
Restoration Hardware Makes Showrooming Its Model, Not Menace .
The Palm Beach Post exposes a hidden menace .
Tackling an ocean menace .
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In science:

Heinlein, Al l You Zombies in 6 × H , Gnome Press 1959; By His Bootstraps in The Menace From Earth, Gnome Press 1959.
TASI Lectures on Matrix Theory
Although the presence of the λ! term in (53) looks menacing, we plan on taking λ < 10.
Sifting Limits for the \Lambda^2\Lambda^- Sieve
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