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MENACE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does menace mean? 

MENACE (noun)
  The noun MENACE has 2 senses:

1. something that is a source of danger
2. a threat or the act of threatening

  Familiarity information: MENACE used as a noun is rare.


MENACE (verb)
  The verb MENACE has 3 senses:

1. pose a threat to; present a danger to
2. express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture
3. act in a threatening manner

  Familiarity information: MENACE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MENACE (noun)


Sense 1menace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that is a source of danger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

menace; threat

Context example:

earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan

Hypernyms ("menace" is a kind of...):

danger (a cause of pain or injury or loss)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "menace"):

yellow peril (the threat to Western civilization said to arise from the power of Asiatic peoples)


Sense 2menace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A threat or the act of threatening

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

he spoke with desperate menace

Hypernyms ("menace" is a kind of...):

threat (declaration of an intention or a determination to inflict harm on another)


MENACE (verb)


Sense 1menace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pose a threat to; present a danger to

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

peril; menace; jeopardize; jeopardise; imperil; endanger; threaten

Context example:

The pollution is endangering the crops

Hypernyms (to "menace" is one way to...):

be; exist (have an existence, be extant)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam cannot menace Sue


Sense 2menace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

he menaced the bank manager with a stick

Hypernyms (to "menace" is one way to...):

evince; express; show (give expression to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3menace [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act in a threatening manner

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context example:

A menacing person

Hypernyms (to "menace" is one way to...):

act; behave; do (behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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