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.


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Men"ace (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Menaced (ast); p. pr. & vb. n. Menacing (?).] [OF. menacier, F. menacer. See Menace, n.]


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.


To threaten, as an evil to be inflicted.

By oath he menaced Revenge upon the cardinal. Shak.


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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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