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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The fraud is always more menacing than the real thing.
▪ The crammed loose boxes to his right seemed more menacing, as though the ugliest objects had been banished to this unvisited dungeon.
▪ That particular night seemed strangely different, and inexplicably the dark shadows seemed even more menacing than usual.
▪ a deep, menacing voice
▪ One of the guards gave a low, menacing laugh.
▪ the dark, menacing sky
▪ There was something strange and rather menacing about the way she spoke.
▪ After the break Smith proved the menacing player for Stockton but he was well dealt with by a hard working Stockton defence.
▪ It was as if menacing music had been played in a film, accompanying a scene of innocent happiness.
▪ Karpov is gradually building up the kind of position he likes with two bishops and a potentially menacing mass of central pawns.
▪ The fraud is always more menacing than the real thing.
▪ The house grew still but it was a menacing stillness, like that of a cat about to spring.
▪ This is the really menacing thing because in their obsession with proving themselves, they are pulling us all towards destruction.
▪ Very polite but - well - sort of quietly menacing.
▪ Within a few years he could have looked almost as menacing as he did six months ago.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, present participle adjective from menace (v.). Related: Menacingly.

  1. 1 Suggesting imminent harm. 2 threatening. n. The act of making menaces or threats. v

  2. (present participle of menace English)


adj. 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" [syn: baleful, forbidding, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening, ugly]


Menacing is the name of a criminal offense in many US states. The wording and degrees of the offense vary from state to state. It often consists of displaying a weapon to a person with the intention of threatening them with bodily harm from the said weapon, or of criminally threatening another, or otherwise putting them in fear of physical harm. Depending on state, degrees of offense range from a misdemeanor for first time offenders, to low to mid level felonies for offenders with a prior menacing charge. The tangentially related crime of "Menacing By Stalking" was introduced as a new charge in some states following the popularization of laws specifically targeting stalking behavior, in which a perpetrator adopts a long-term pattern of actions designed to frighten and harass a victim while still adhering to the letter of existing harassment laws.

Usage examples of "menacing".

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

So effective are these new detergent compounds that nearly 99 percent of the invisible but menacing radioactive particles are removed, according to tests reported by Dr.

He held a stainless steel dibble, swung it to and fro in a menacing manner.

Another command, and the front yard was filled with a menacing rumbling growl as the Dobe leaned forward on his haunches, looking at nothing in particular.

It was the sky here, dark, heavy and menacing, showing no star as it ebon folds enwrapped this grim city.

The menacing black-clad rider as a gleeman was a ridiculous notion, but .

He saw Gnar, the bandit with the broken knee, crawling slowly backward across the ground, while Zack advanced on him with his face split into a menacing leer.

The shuttle had been painted gloss black to make it seem more menacing, and a goblinesque decorated prow had been added to its nose.

THE instant that he had observed the blotting form of The Shadow, Gouger had drawn his revolver to point it toward the menacing figure in black.