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[min-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈmɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
menacing; threatening.
Also, minatorial.
Origin of minatory
1525-35; < Late Latin minātōrius, equivalent to Latin minā(rī) to menace + -tōrious -tory1
Related forms
minatorily, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for minatory
Historical Examples
  • The harsh, minatory note of that voice sufficiently expressed the fact.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Number 3, Lauriston Gardens wore an ill-omened and minatory look.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The parson is very brisk when he reaches the minatory clause in his sermon.

    Ralph the Heir

    Anthony Trollope
  • And to these his appeal was persuasive and suggestive, never didactic or minatory.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell
  • The unrestful, the well-organised and minatory sea had been advancing quickly.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • In course of debate Howell, alleged victim of Alderman's minatory observations, attempted to introduce the subject.

  • It was as if he discovered himself flimsy and transparent in a world of minatory solidity and opacity.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
  • She actually defied him, though she was quite helpless, with some minatory sounds.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • The officer repeated his phrase, trying the conversational, wheedling, and minatory tones in turn—but it was useless.

  • 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
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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