If it's threatening you or otherwise posing some sort of danger, then it's a menace. Angry rabid dogs, smog clouds, and annoying little brothers are all probable menaces.

  • Pronunciation: /ˈmenɪs/
  • English Description: something or someone that is dangerous or a threatening quality, feeling, or way of behaving
  • Chinese Translation: 威胁(Wei1 Xie2)
  • Spanish Translation: Amenaza
  • STORY: The word menace works as both a noun and a verb, but it wasn't used to describe threatening or bother some people until 1936. Before then, common menaces probably included things like the plague, locusts, and roving bands of pirate ships. Today, a bad reputation can menace an otherwise promising career, weeds can menace your garden, and burglars are a menace to society.


  • “We feel Albany doesn’t give a damn,” one inmate said, voicing despair rather than menace--NewYork Times Feb 28,2015
  • It's the only way to deal with the menace of drug dealing.