menace noun

1 danger

ADJ. growing, increased, increasing the growing menace of drugs | serious

VERB + MENACE pose the menace posed by car fumes | combat, counter Shop owners are struggling to combat the menace of armed robbery.

PREP. ~ to He's a menace to society.

2 threatening quality

ADJ. hidden, quiet, silent ‘Where do you think you're going?’ he said with quiet menace.

PREP. with ~ eyes glittering with menace

PHRASES an air of menace The scar down his face added to his air of menace.