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  • adjective Of a menacing or threatening nature; minacious.

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  • Threatening; menacing.

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  • adjective Threatening; menacing.

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  • adjective Threatening, menacing.

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  • adjective threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments


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[French minatoire, from Late Latin minātōrius, from Latin minātus, past participle of minārī, to threaten; see minacious.]

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Latin minatorius, from minari ("to threaten").


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  • Brian Fagan does not mention this possibility in "Elixir," his minatory history of humans' relationship with water.

    Any Drop to Drink? Felipe Fernandez-Armesto 2011

  • 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.

    When the US Army came to Ditton Priors 2009

  • It might be fairer to say that the West today is suffering from welcoming the sunny side of Thatcherism while forgetting its minatory aspects.

    What Would The Iron Lady Do? Charles Moore 2011

  • And then the ironically minatory heading on the Twitter page: "What are you doing?"

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  • But Anam invests real narrative power in the sections set in the mid-80s, in which the past resonates as an often minatory echo.

    The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam – review 2011

  • He spoke aloud again, but in a different voice: this one was stern, minatory, expressive.

    Naked Cruelty Colleen McCullough 2010

  • 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.

    Sick Cycle Carousel 2010

  • 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!

    Tran Siberian Michael J. Solender 2010

  • In metallic black, the car looks minatory and sinister.

    A Shapely Visitor From Planet Maserati 2010

  • 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.

    Helen Simpson reads 'The Kitchen Child' by Angela Carter 2010


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  • The heavy gilding of the spines, seen through the fine gilt grilled of the carved and gilded bookcases, created a mood of minatory opulence.

    December 27, 2006

  • Of a menacing or threatening nature; minacious.

    ETYMOLOGY: French minatoire, from Late Latin mintrius, from Latin mintus, past participle of minr, to threaten.

    July 19, 2007

  • "Some of his vague, minatory words seemed to hint at an intention of asking Captain Aubrey for satisfaction, of calling him out; but his listeners were few; they paid little attention..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 143

    February 13, 2008

  • They slackened speed before they came to the wharf, which just here by the station jutted out in a grey bastion surmounted by the minatory finger of a derrick, and some of them climbed out and put round baskets full of shining fish upon their heads, and, walking struttingly to brake their heavy boots on the slippery mud, followed a wet track up to the cinderpath.

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 29, 2009

  • From Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution

    March 6, 2011

  • In addition, minatory is a noun signifying a threat or menace (OED).

    June 12, 2012