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English noun: menace

1. menace (state) something that is a source of danger

SamplesEarthquakes are a constant threat in Japan.


Broader (hypernym)danger

Narrower (hyponym)yellow peril

2. menace (communication) a threat or the act of threatening

SamplesHe spoke with desperate menace.

Broader (hypernym)threat

English verb: menace

1. menace (stative) pose a threat to; present a danger to

SamplesThe pollution is endangering the crops.

ExamplesSam cannot menace Sue

Synonymsendanger, imperil, jeopardise, jeopardize, peril, threaten

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be, exist

2. menace (communication) express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture

SamplesHe menaced the bank manager with a stick.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)evince, express, show

3. menace (body) act in a threatening manner

SamplesA menacing person.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

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