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 for menace
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Menace \Men"ace\, v. i.
     To act in threatening manner; to wear a threatening aspect.
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           Who ever knew the heavens menace so?     --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Menace \Men"ace\ (m[e^]n"[asl]s; 48), n. [F., fr. L. minaciae
     threats, menaces, fr. minax, -acis, projecting, threatening,
     minae projecting points or pinnacles, threats. Cf.
     Amenable, Demean, Imminent, Minatory.]
     The show of an intention to inflict evil; a threat or
     threatening; indication of a probable evil or catastrophe to
     come.
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           His (the pope's) commands, his rebukes, his menaces.
                                                    --Milman.
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           The dark menace of the distant war.      --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              My master . . . did menace me with death. --Shak.
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     2. To threaten, as an evil to be inflicted.
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              By oath he menaced
              Revenge upon the cardinal.            --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  menace
      n 1: something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a
           constant threat in Japan" [syn: menace, threat]
      2: a threat or the act of threatening; "he spoke with desperate
         menace"
      v 1: pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is
           endangering the crops" [syn: endanger, jeopardize,
           jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil, peril]
      2: express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture; "he
         menaced the bank manager with a stick"
      3: act in a threatening manner; "A menacing person"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  146 Moby Thesaurus words for "menace":
     abuse, afflict, aggrieve, alarm, apprehend, approach, await,
     be imminent, be in store, befoul, bewitch, blight, bludgeon, bode,
     breakers ahead, brew, bulldoze, bulldozing, bully, cardhouse,
     cause for alarm, come on, comminate, commination, compromise,
     condemn, confront, corrupt, cow, crisis, croak, crucify, curse,
     damage, danger, dangerous ground, daunt, defile, denounce,
     denunciation, deprave, despoil, destroy, disadvantage, disserve,
     distress, do a mischief, do evil, do ill, do wrong, do wrong by,
     doom, draw near, draw nigh, draw on, emergency, empty threat,
     endanger, endangerment, envenom, face, forebode, foreboding,
     forewarn, forthcome, frighten, gaping chasm, gather,
     gathering clouds, get into trouble, hang over, harass, harm,
     have a premonition, have a presentiment, hazard, hex,
     house of cards, hover, hurt, idle threat, imminence, impair,
     impend, imperil, imperilment, implied threat, infect, injure,
     intimidate, intimidation, jeopard, jeopardize, jeopardy, jinx,
     lie over, look black, look threatening, loom, lower, maltreat,
     mistreat, molest, near, outrage, overhang, pass, peril, persecute,
     pinch, play havoc with, play hob with, plight, poison, pollute,
     portend, preapprehend, predicament, prejudice, promise of harm,
     quicksand, risk, rocks ahead, savage, scare, scathe, storm clouds,
     strait, sword of Damocles, taint, terrify, terrorize, thin ice,
     threat, threaten, threateningness, threatfulness, torment, torture,
     utter threats against, violate, warn, warning, wound,
     wreak havoc on, wrong
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  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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