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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 10 years ago

What is the difference between 'threat' and 'menace'?

2 Answers

  • Neil
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    There is a subtle difference.

    A threat is a highly possible and very serious danger situation which is possibly life-threatening. For instance, the threat of a city dump poisoning the water supply for the city or the threat of war during the Cold War back in the early 60s.

    A menace is more of an annoyance, such as a cat burglar menacing a neighbourhood. Although a menace can become a threat, such as an annoying neighbour who pulls out a gun and warns people to leave him alone, menaces are little more than a pain in the neck.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Nothing really. They are synonyms of each other.

    The family was threatened by robbers.

    The family was menaced by robbers.

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