menace

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Etymology 1[edit]

First attested ante 1300: from the Old French manace, menace, from the Latin minācia, from minax (threatening), from minor (I threaten).

Noun[edit]

menace (plural menaces)

  1. a perceived threat or danger
    • Dryden
      the dark menace of the distant war
  2. the act of threatening
  3. an annoying and bothersome person

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Etymology 2[edit]

First attested in 1303: from the Old French menacer, manecier, manechier and the Anglo-Norman manasser, from the assumed Vulgar Latin *mināciāre, from the Latin minācia, whence the noun.

Verb[edit]

menace (third-person singular simple present menaces, present participle menacing, simple past and past participle menaced) (transitive or intransitive)

  1. To make threats against (someone); to intimidate.
    to menace a country with war
    • Shakespeare
      My master [] did menace me with death.
  2. To threaten (an evil to be inflicted).
    • Shakespeare
      By oath he menaced / Revenge upon the cardinal.
  3. To endanger (someone or something); to imperil or jeopardize.

References[edit]

  • menace, v.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin minācia < minax.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

menace f (plural menaces)

  1. threat

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Verb[edit]

menace

  1. first-person singular present indicative of menacer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of menacer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of menacer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of menacer
  5. second-person singular imperative of menacer

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