Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb menace

3 senses of menace

Sense 1
endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil, peril -- (pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops")
       => exist, be -- (have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?")

Sense 2
menace -- (express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture; "he menaced the bank manager with a stick")
       => express, show, evince -- (give expression to; "She showed her disappointment")

Sense 3
menace -- (act in a threatening manner; "A menacing person")
       => act, behave, do -- (behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people")

Antonyms of adj menacing

1 sense of menacing

Sense 1
baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening -- (threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly")

INDIRECT (VIA alarming) -> unalarming -- (not alarming; assuaging alarm)

Similarity of adj menacing

1 sense of menacing

Sense 1
baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening -- (threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly")
       => alarming (vs. unalarming) -- (frightening because of an awareness of danger)

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