Menacing
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. [1913 Webster]

My master . . . did menace me with death. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To threaten, as an evil to be inflicted. [1913 Webster]

By oath he menaced Revenge upon the cardinal. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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