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menace

men·ace

menace

 
 
pronunciation:
me nihs
parts of speech:
noun, verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition: that which presents a danger or threat.
That thief is a menace to society.
 
synonyms:
danger, peril, threat
similar words:
hazard, jeopardy, risk
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: menaced, menaces, menacing
definition: to direct a threat against.
He was menaced by a bully after school.
synonyms:
threaten
similar words:
alarm, bully, frighten, scare, terrify, terrorize
derivations: menacingly (adv.), menacer (n.)
Word History
Menace comes from a Latin word that means both "threats" and "points that stick out."