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menace

(1) A threat of violence used to secure a contract. Such a contract can be set aside, just as a contract secured by duress. (2) A threat of violence to another, such as a trespasser. Some state statutes allow the use of force to protect one's home,but do not include the ability to menace another in order to protect one's home.

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Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot said: "I had no doubt that the first post was menacing ...
The judge added: "To some who don't know you they would perceive the offers of bounty as menacing."
Brent claimed he had not intended it to be menacing or threatening and had not realised others would perceive it that way.
But magistrates decided the blog was articulate, detailed, specific and critical of the police and the CPS - and any reasonable person would find the words about the baby to be menacing in the context of the overall blog.
Earlier work by Reznick's team found that guppies in the more menacing locales did indeed tend to start reproducing early.
By way of contrast, the Potter refuge -- Hogwarts -- is a grim and frightening place, harboring poltergeists, menacing ghosts like the Bloody Baron, basilisks, duplicitous wizards, three-headed hellhounds, and a creepy night watchman, among others, and set amidst forests teeming with threatening monsters.
The heroes' pas de deux and the Waltz of the Flowers bring hope, but the finale is menacing: A multilayered cake rises in the middle of Konfetenburg, adorned by marzipan figures of Masha and the Nutcracker.
There are sufficient legal grounds for prosecuting acts that are criminal in and of themselves: assault, arson, property damage, threatening assault, stalking, criminal menacing, and many more.
Campbell, of Uphall, West Lothian, had denied committing a breach of the peace by placing members of staff at the Scottish parliament in a state of alarm by sending menacing letters between January 14, 2008, and March 12, 2008.
At the film's close, as a car speeds across the Golden Gate Bridge, this most menacing of all Rolling Stones songs comes on.
Rather than making her point with size and scale, she used a concentrated field of paintings and the back wall of the lobby to evoke the menacing consequences of seemingly isolated actions and incidents.