Meaning of “menace” in the English Dictionary

"menace" in British English

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menacenoun

uk /ˈmen.ɪs/ us /ˈmen.əs/

[ C usually singular ] something that is likely to cause harm:

Drunk drivers are a menace to everyone.
Dogs running loose are a public menace.
the menace of industrial pollution

[ U ] a dangerous quality that makes you think someone is going to do something bad:

He had a slight air of menace which made me uneasy.
He spoke with a hint of menace.

[ C ] mainly UK informal a person, especially a child, who is very annoying

demand money with menaces UK specialized

to demand money using threats:

He was accused of unlawfully demanding money with menaces.

menaceverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmen.ɪs/ us /ˈmen.əs/ formal

(Definition of “menace” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"menace" in American English

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menacenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈmen·əs/

danger, or someone or something that is likely to cause harm:

[ U ] There was an air of controlled menace about him.
[ C ] That boy is a menace to himself and his friends.
menace
verb [ T ] us /ˈmen·əs/

A hurricane menaced the east coast yesterday.
menacing
adjective us /ˈmen·ə·sɪŋ/

a menacing gesture
menacingly
adverb us /ˈmen·ə·sɪŋ·li/

She glared menacingly at him.

(Definition of “menace” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"menace" in Business English

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menacenoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /ˈmenɪs/ us

something that is threatening and may cause harm:

the menace of sth The world is still facing the menace of terrorism.
a menace to society/the environment Plastic bags are a menace to marine environments because they don't break down quickly.
Banks and credit card firms warned of a growing menace from identity thieves.

(Definition of “menace” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)