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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)

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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)

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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)
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