Men·ace n. 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.
Men·ace v. t. [imp. & p. p. Menaced p. pr. & vb. n. Menacing ]
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.
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.
Men·ace, v. i. To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect.
Who ever knew the heavens menace so? --Shak.
n 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
v 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"