Definition of menace noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmenəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmenəs//
    Describing annoying traits, Fear
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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 See related entries: Fear
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] (informal) a person or thing that is annoying or causes trouble synonym nuisance See related entries: Describing annoying traits
  4. 4menaces [plural] (law, British English) threats that somebody will cause harm if they do not get what they are asking for to demand money with menaces
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from late Latin minacia, from Latin minax, minac- ‘threatening’, from minae ‘threats’.Extra examples He’s a menace to society. If paroled he will become a menace to society. Local traders are struggling to combat the menace of armed robbery. The scar down his face added to his air of menace. They have become a public menace. a new and alien menace to our agriculture eyes glittering with menace the growing menace of drugs the menace posed by car fumes The government’s new initiative is aimed at beating the menace of illegal drugs. The protesters remain a potential menace to the stability of the government.
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