1. [syn: baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening]
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.
My master . . . did menace me with death. --Shak.
2. To threaten, as an evil to be inflicted.
By oath he menaced
Revenge upon the cardinal. --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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" [syn: baleful, forbidding,
menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
106 Moby Thesaurus words for "menacing":
about to be, abusive, alarming, already in sight, apocalyptic,
approaching, at hand, bad, baleful, baneful, black, bludgeoning,
blustering, bodeful, boding, brewing, browbeating, bulldozing,
bullying, chancy, close, close at hand, coming, comminatory,
critical, dangerous, dangersome, dark, denunciatory, dire, doomful,
dreary, evil, evil-starred, explosive, fateful, fear-inspiring,
foreboding, forthcoming, fraught with danger, frightening, future,
gathering, gloomy, going to happen, hazardous, hectoring, ill,
ill-boding, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, immediate,
imminent, impendent, impending, in danger imminent, in prospect,
in reserve, in store, in the cards, in the offing, in the wind,
in view, inauspicious, instant, intimidating, jeopardous, looming,
lowering, lurking, minacious, minatory, near, near at hand,
nearing, of evil portent, ominous, on the horizon, overhanging,
parlous, periculous, perilous, portending, portentous, preparing,
risky, serious, sinister, somber, terrifying, terroristic,
terrorizing, that will be, threatening, threatful, to come, ugly,
unfavorable, unfortunate, unlucky, unpromising, unpropitious,
untoward, upcoming, waiting