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Thursday, March 15, 2001

Definitions for minatory

  1. Threatening; menacing.

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Citations for minatory
He was often observed peeping through the bars of a gate and making minatory gestures with his small forefinger while he scolded the sheep with an inarticulate burr, intended to strike terror into their astonished minds. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
Then, abruptly on the last page, he lapses into a kinder, gentler tone, as if wanting to leave us with a less minatory impression of himself. Pankaj Mishra, New Statesman
Origin of minatory
Minatory derives from Latin minatorius, from minari, "to threaten." It is related to menace.