To menace someone is to threaten them with violence or harm. When the bully threatens the other students, he is menacing them.

  • He was menacing with his words, and his stance suggested that he would act on his threats.

  • The murderer threatened to kill the victim if she told anyone.

Definition of menace


pose a threat to; present a danger to


endanger, imperil, jeopardise, jeopardize, peril, threaten


something that is a source of danger




act in a threatening manner


a threat or the act of threatening


express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture

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Example Sentences for menace

  • 1

    As in the folktale, he was a cunning and threatening menace.

  • 2

    The police are unapproachable and menacing.

  • 3

    The poaching menace was dramatically reduced.

  • 4

    It was the menacing voice that he was most famous for.

  • 5

    The argument actually felt quite menacing.

  • 6

    The dreadful menace had the desired effect.

  • 7

    The threat was reinforced by the menace of the European situation.

  • 8

    In times of insecurity, of worldwide menace, the irrational booms.

  • 9

    The device orders immediate destruction of the exterior menace.

  • 10

    The song is rather menacing, evoking the theme of the film.