[mi-ney-shuh s]

Origin of minacious

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


  1. threatening
Derived Formsminaciously, adverbminacity (mɪˈnæsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for minacious

C17: from Latin minax, from minārī to threaten
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Word Origin and History for minacity



"threatening," 1650s, from Latin minaci-, stem of minax "threatening, menacing" (from minari; see menace (n.)) + -ous. Related: Minaciously.

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