|Origin:||Latin minacia, from minari 'to threaten'|
something or someone that is dangerous [= threat]
It's the only way to deal with the menace of drug dealing.
the growing menace of oil pollution at sea
a threatening quality, feeling, or way of behaving:
There was menace in his voice.
air/sense of menace
There was a sense of menace as the sky grew darker.
a person, especially a child that is annoying or causes trouble [= nuisance]:
My little brother's a real menace.