from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of a menacing or threatening nature; minacious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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").


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

    Any Drop to Drink?

  • 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

  • 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?

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

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • 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

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

    Naked Cruelty

  • 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

  • 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

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

    A Shapely Visitor From Planet Maserati

  • 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


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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