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men·ace

 (mĕn′ĭs)
n.
1.
a. A possible danger; a threat: a careless driver who was a menace to public safety.
b. The quality of being threatening: a hint of menace in his voice.
2. A troublesome or annoying person: considered her little brother to be a menace.
tr.v. men·aced, men·ac·ing, men·ac·es
To constitute a threat to; endanger: Rome was menaced by invading armies.

[Middle English manace, from Old French, from Late Latin minācia, sing. of Latin mināciae, threats, menaces, from mināx, mināc-, threatening, from minārī, to threaten, from minae, threats; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

men′ac·er n.
men′ac·ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.menacing - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developmentsmenacing - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger

menacing

adjective threatening, dangerous, alarming, frightening, forbidding, looming, intimidating, ominous, baleful, intimidatory, minatory, bodeful, louring or lowering, minacious His dark eyebrows gave his face a menacing look.
promising, encouraging, favourable, auspicious
Translations
مُهَدِّد
hrozivý
fenyegetõ
ógnandi

menacing

[ˈmenɪsɪŋ] ADJamenazador

menacing

[ˈmɛnɪsɪŋ] adjmenaçant(e)

menacing

adjdrohend; threatgefährlich; to look menacingbedrohlich aussehen

menacing

[ˈmɛnɪsɪŋ] adjminaccioso/a

menace

(ˈmenəs) noun
1. something likely to cause injury, damage etc. Traffic is a menace on narrow roads.
2. a threat or show of hostility. His voice was full of menace.
verb
to threaten. menaced by danger.
ˈmenacing adjective
threatening to harm. a menacing weapon.
ˈmenacingly adverb
References in classic literature ?
There is defiance in the remaining stumps of her masts, raised up like maimed limbs against the menacing scowl of a stormy sky; there is high courage in the upward sweep of her lines towards the bow; and as soon as, on a hastily-rigged spar, a strip of canvas is shown to the wind to keep her head to sea, she faces the waves again with an unsubdued courage.
Instantly Pisah was gone and Tarzan, growling, had wheeled about to face whatever creature might be menacing him.
Noirtier continued to look at the same object, but suddenly his glance was transferred from the wife to the husband, and Villefort himself had to submit to the searching investigation of eyes, which, while changing their direction and even their language, had lost none of their menacing expression.
He was slowly advancing in a peculiarly menacing way, but he stopped now and put his big hands into the side-pockets of a rather boyish short jacket which he wore.
His childish mind had transformed it into the menacing figure of a hostile warrior.
Upon one hand was the bluff that ran from the canyon to the sea, on the other the fearsome swamp from which the creature had sneaked upon me, behind lay the mighty untracked sea, and before me in the center of the narrow way that led to safety stood this huge mountain of terrible and menacing flesh.
Werper pressed close behind, casting backward glances toward the shrieking, dancing mob menacing their rear.