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Menace (Greek settlement)

Menace or Maenace ( GreekMainákē) is an ancient Greek settlement lying to the southeast of Spain according to Strabo (3,4,2). Maria Eugenia Aubet locates it at the site of modern Málaga.

Menace (Marvel Comics)

Menace (Lily Hollister) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics villainess and enemy of Spider-Man. Her first appearance as Lily Hollister is in The Amazing Spider-Man #545, and her first appearance as Menace is in The Amazing Spider-Man #550, which is the start of the second story arc in the "Brand New Day" overarching storyline that followed the events of "One More Day".


Menace may mean:

  • a threat or danger that causes intimidation
  • a legal term of art - see Blackmail#menaces

Menace (1934 British film)

Menace is a 1934 British crime film directed by Adrian Brunel and starring Victor Varconi, Joan Maude and D. A. Clarke-Smith. The film was made at Shepperton Studios by the Sound City production company. It was also known by the alternative titleWhen London Sleeps.

Menace (1934 American film)

Menace is a 1934 American mystery film directed by Ralph Murphy.

Menace (video game)

Menace is a side-scrolling shooter video game developed by DMA Design and published by Psygnosis. It was originally released for the Amiga in 1988, and was ported for the Atari ST, Commodore 64, and MS-DOS in 1989. The game is set on the planet of Draconia, where players are tasked with destroying the planet's defence mechanisms in order to kill the harmful creatures.

The game was designed by David Jones, and was the first game developed by his company DMA Design. First developed in his bedroom at his parents' house, Jones began seeking an official development studio and publisher when the game was nearing completion. He eventually settled upon a publishing deal with Psygnosis, who first published the game in 1988 to positive reviews; praise was given to the game's graphics, sound and gameplay, while criticism was directed at its ports to inferior hardware. The game was commercially successful, selling over 20,000 copies.

Menace (Atlas Comics)

Menace was a 1953 to 1954 American crime/ horror anthology comic book series published by Atlas Comics, the 1950s precursor of Marvel Comics. It is best known for the first appearance of the supernatural Marvel character the Zombie, in a standalone story that became the basis for the 1970s black-and-white comics magazine Tales of the Zombie. As well, a standalone story in the final issue introduced a robot character that was revived decades later as the Human Robot, a.k.a. M-11, the Human Robot.

The 11-issue series (March 1953 - May 1954) included art by such 1940s Golden Age of Comic Books creators as Bill Everett and George Tuska, and such future industry stars as Gene Colan, Russ Heath, Joe Maneely, John Romita Sr., and Joe Sinnott. As well, the first eight issues were written completely by Atlas editor-in-chief Stan Lee, the future architect of Marvel Comics' rise as a pop-cultural phenomenon.

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Menace \Men"ace\ (m[e^]n"[asl]s; 48), 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.

The dark menace of the distant war.


Menace \Men"ace\ (m[e^]n"[asl]s; 48), 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.

  2. To threaten, as an evil to be inflicted.

    By oath he menaced Revenge upon the cardinal.


Menace \Men"ace\, v. i. To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect.

Who ever knew the heavens menace so?

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


▪ Her manner suddenly changed from friendliness and warmth to one of faint menace.
▪ His eyes blazed with menace.
▪ His voice was soft but his tone and expression were full of menace.
▪ A menace from the dead girl hung over her father in this hour of triumph.
▪ Despite all the menace, nobody dies.
▪ He heard himself chuckling, but the sound was rich with contempt and menace.
▪ He was the first to identify drugs as the number one menace to domestic security.
▪ The dailies pictured Azusa Street in tones of amusement or menace.
▪ They would depart in the spring, to avoid the malarial menace of the later seasons.
▪ Tuami and his people have escaped from the perceived menace of Neanderthal man, whose humanity they do not recognise.
▪ You can not build a fair system on that stinking swamp of menace and malice and neglect.
▪ Circuits in computers and other control instrumentation can likewise act as unintended receivers, menacing the operation of whole manufacturing plants.
▪ She was afraid to move; on all sides she was menaced by the half-open doors of empty rooms.
▪ The mask made him seem menacing, and she suddenly had the sensation that with Lucenzo she was playing with fire.
▪ The whole community has been living in fear for far too long, menaced equally by both sets of paramilitaries.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


c.1300, "declaration of hostile intent," also "act of threatening," from Old French menace "menace, threat" (9c.), from Vulgar Latin minacia "threat, menace" (also source of Spanish amenaza, Italian minaccia), singular of Latin minaciæ "threatening things," from minax (genitive minacis) "threatening," from minari "threaten, jut, project," from minæ "threats, projecting points," from PIE root *men- (2) "to project." Applied to persons from 1936.


c.1300, from Old French menacer "threaten, urge" (11c.), Anglo-French manasser, from Vulgar Latin *minaciare "to threaten," from minacia (see menace (n.)). Related: Menaced; menacing.



  1. n. something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan" [syn: threat]

  2. a threat or the act of threatening; "he spoke with desperate menace"

  3. v. pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops" [syn: endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, threaten, imperil, peril]

  4. express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture; "he menaced the bank manager with a stick"

  5. act in a threatening manner; "A menacing person"



Etymology 1 n. 1 a perceived threat or danger. 2 the act of threatening. 3 an annoying and bothersome person. Etymology 2

vb. 1 To make threats against (someone); to intimidate. 2 To threaten (an evil to be inflicted). 3 To endanger (someone or something); to imperil or jeopardize.

Usage examples of "menace".

The gypsy stopped abruptly, and turned an eye, in which menace vainly struggled with good-humour, upon each of his brethren, as they submissively bowed to him and his protege, and poured forth a profusion of promises, to which their admonitor did not even condescend to listen.

There a snake was poised, not coiled, not menacing to strike, simply waiting, with round head alift and trembling tongue.

But I stood between them and their prey, menaced by a bristling wall of ice-axes and alpenstocks, and proclaimed that there was but one road to this murder, and it was directly over my corpse.

If the cosmic menace of the anomaly had been ignored or underestimated, if our needs had been neglected, the errors had not been ours.

CHAPTER I MANHATTAN MENACE LIKE a crouched monster watching for its prey, the Argyle Museum squatted in its own gloom, surrounded by darkness that was itself a relic of departed years.

Painted the slaughter was of Julius, Of cruel Nero, and Antonius: Although at that time they were yet unborn, Yet was their death depainted there beforn, By menacing of Mars, right by figure, So was it showed in that portraiture, As is depainted in the stars above, Who shall be slain, or elles dead for love.

A quarter of a mile away, the Blucher was circling slowly, long and menacing and shark-like, and he stared at it in hatred and in fear.

But Sir Giles continued perfectly unmoved by the tempest raging around, and laughed to scorn these menaces, contenting himself with signing to Captain Bludder to be in readiness.

Though the knight was escorted by Captain Bludder and his Alsatian bullies, several of the crowd did not seem disposed to confine themselves to jeers and derisive shouts, but menaced him with some rough usage.

His wet hair hung over eyes that seemed even bluer with the pool behind him, giving him a faintly menacing look.

Blaze as his wife and standing up to a menacing conglomerate like Buhl Mining as well?

The caiman stared at Nate between the roots, mouth gaping open, teeth glinting with menace.

They stood menacing and dark against the early-morning sky, stark, grim guardians of a once-hallowed place, with LongMeg, the outlier, conspicuous because of her greater height and what Capella, thought of as her loneliness.

Its menaces would have been hollow sound, and ceased to make any one afraid.

I charge thee to goe thither, and bring me a vessell of that water : wherewithall she gave her a bottle of Christall, menacing and threatening her rigorously.