minacious

[ mi-ney-shuhs ]
/ mɪˈneɪ ʃəs /

adjective

menacing; threatening.

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Origin of minacious

1650–60; <Latin mināci- (stem of mināx) overhanging, threatening + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM minacious

mi·na·cious·ly, adverbmi·na·cious·ness, mi·nac·i·ty [mi-nas-i-tee], /mɪˈnæs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for minacious

minacious
/ (mɪˈneɪʃəs) /

adjective

threatening

Derived forms of minacious

minaciously, adverbminacity (mɪˈnæsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for minacious

C17: from Latin minax, from minārī to threaten
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