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Definition of menace noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] menace (to somebody/something) a person or thing that causes, or may cause, serious damage, harm, or danger synonym threat a new initiative aimed at beating the menace of illegal drugs The Communists remain a potential menace to the stability of the government.
  2. 2[uncountable] an atmosphere that makes you feel threatened or frightened a sense/an air/a hint of menace in his voice
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] (informal) a person or thing that is annoying or causes trouble synonym nuisance
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