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[min-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈmɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
menacing; threatening.
Origin of minatory
1525-35; < Late Latin minātōrius, equivalent to Latin minā() to menace + -tōrious -tory1
Related forms
minatorily, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for minatory
Historical Examples
  • I had lugged my double-barrel thus far, a futile burden, unless when it served a minatory purpose among the drunken Klalams.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • Number 3, Lauriston Gardens wore an ill-omened and minatory look.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And now we know for all time that these countless scolding and minatory voices were not mere angry units, but that they were in.

    The German War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And to these his appeal was persuasive and suggestive, never didactic or minatory.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • No one concerned with the fundamentals of national well-being can ignore anything so minatory.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • The unrestful, the well-organised and minatory sea had been advancing quickly.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • These visits she dreaded; they were grumbling and minatory, and enlivened by occasional oaths and curses.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • She actually defied him, though she was quite helpless, with some minatory sounds.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • The Left shout and shake fists at a row of steel-helmeted soldiers, with loaded rifles at the ready and a minatory machine-gun.

    The New Germany George Young
  • Ricci, detained by sickness, did not arrive until September 9th, and then he was the bearer of the minatory brief of June 16th.

British Dictionary definitions for minatory


/ˈmɪnətərɪ; -trɪ/
threatening or menacing
Derived Forms
minatorily, minatorially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin minātōrius, from Latin minārī to threaten
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Word Origin and History for minatory

"expressing a threat, 1530s, from Middle French minatoire, from Late Latin minatorius, from minat-, stem of minari "to threaten" (see menace (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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