American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of a menacing or threatening nature; minacious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Threatening; menacing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Threatening; menacing.
- adj. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
- Latin minatorius, from minari ("to threaten"). (Wiktionary)
- French minatoire, from Late Latin minātōrius, from Latin minātus, past participle of minārī, to threaten; see minacious. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And then the ironically minatory heading on the Twitter page: "What are you doing?”
“It might be fairer to say that the West today is suffering from welcoming the sunny side of Thatcherism while forgetting its minatory aspects.”
“But Anam invests real narrative power in the sections set in the mid-80s, in which the past resonates as an often minatory echo.”
“Brian Fagan does not mention this possibility in "Elixir," his minatory history of humans' relationship with water.”
“And if you approach the area from the country end - along the trackbed of the Cleobury Mortimer & Ditton Priors Light Railway - you are still met by a forest of minatory signs.”
“In metallic black, the car looks minatory and sinister.”
“I chose Angela Carter's "The Kitchen Child" because it shows her stories can be sunnier, funnier and altogether more high-spirited than her more minatory, gothic tales might suggest.”
“He spoke aloud again, but in a different voice: this one was stern, minatory, expressive.”
“The priest had the boy gripped by the nape of the neck, a hold made somewhat difficult to maintain by the fact that the lad was slightly taller than his minatory captor.”
“Could someone fetch her, if it wouldn't be too much trouble "'she held out a minatory hand to Cormo, who looked as if he was going to bolt-" not you, Cormo!”
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