What is the difference between 'threat' and 'menace'?
- NeilLv 710 years agoFavorite 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.
- Anonymous10 years ago
Nothing really. They are synonyms of each other.
The family was threatened by robbers.
The family was menaced by robbers.