Menace

Definition of Menace

Men´ace   Pronunciation: mĕn´ãs; 48
n.1.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.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Menaced (āst); p. pr. & vb. n. Menacing .]
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.
v. i.1.To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect.
Who ever knew the heavens menace so?
- Shak.

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