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menace

noun commination, danger, dangerous situution, hazard, imminent danger, imperilment, intimidating force, intimidation, minacious force, minacity, peril, threat

menace

verb affright, alarm, cause alarm, direct a threat against, disconcert, disquiet, disturb, exhibit hostile intentions, frighten, impend, inspire fear, put in bodily fear, put in fear, raise apprehensions, scare, show hostility, startle, strike with overwhelming fear, terrify, threaten, unnerve
See also: bait, challenge, danger, endanger, frighten, harass, hazard, hector, impend, intimidate, jeopardize, jeopardy, portend, threat, threaten

MENACE. A threat; a declaration of an intention to cause evil to happen to another.
     2. When menaces to do an injury to another have been made, the party making them may, in general, be held to bail to keep the peace; and, when followed by any inconvenience or loss, the injured party has a civil action against the wrong doer. Com. Dig. Battery, D; Vin. Ab. h.t.; Bac. Ab. Assault; Co. Litt. 161 a, 162 b, 253 b; 2 Lutw. 1428. Vide Threat.

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Every man the least conversant in Roman story, knows how often that republic was obliged to take refuge in the absolute power of a single man, under the formidable title of Dictator, as well against the intrigues of ambitious individuals who aspired to the tyranny, and the seditions of whole classes of the community whose conduct threatened the existence of all government, as against the invasions of external enemies who menaced the conquest and destruction of Rome.
Naked and unarmed as I was, I had no desire to face the unseen thing which menaced me.
Then, as her thoughts strayed back to the scene of the sacrifice, and recalled the dangers which still menaced her, she shuddered with terror.
Be careful of your life, which is menaced, and which will be dear to me from the moment I am not obliged to see an enemy in you.
This man, who had remained immovable as bronze when menaced by the mob -- not a muscle of whose face was stirred, either at Mazarin's witticisms or by the jests of the multitude -- seemed to the cardinal a peculiar being, who, having participated in past events similar to those now occurring, was calculated to cope with those now on the eve of taking place.
There are to a seaman certain words, gestures, that should in given conditions come as naturally, as instinctively as the winking of a menaced eye.
On this he built himself a fleet, gathered a great following, and fled beyond the sea, for he was menaced by the other sons and grandsons of Hercules.
Appalled at the dreadful fate that menaced me, I clutched frantically at the only large root which remained near me, but in vain; I could not reach it, though my fingers were within a few inches of it.
De Wardes was not dead; he felt the terrible danger that menaced him, for the sea rose fast.