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[n] a threat or the act of threatening; "he spoke with desperate menace"
[n] something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"
[v] act in a threatening manner; "A menacing person"
[v] express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture; "he menaced the bank manager with a stick"
[v] pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops"

Misc. Definitions

\Men"ace\, n. [F., fr. L. minaciae threats, menaces, fr. minax, -acis, projecting, threatening, minae projecting points or pinnacles, threats. Cf. {Amenable}, {Demean}, {Imminent}, {Minatory}.] 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} ([=a]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Menacing}.] [OF. menacier, F. menacer. See {Menace}, n.]
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.

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