minatory

[ min-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈmɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

menacing; threatening.

Nearby words

  1. minaret,
  2. minas basin,
  3. minas de ríotinto,
  4. minas gerais,
  5. minatitlán,
  6. minaudière,
  7. mince,
  8. mince matters,
  9. mince pie,
  10. mincemeat

Also min·a·to·ri·al.

Origin of minatory

1525–35; < Late Latin minātōrius, equivalent to Latin minā(rī) to menace + -tōrious -tory1

Related formsmin·a·to·ri·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for minatory

minatory

minatorial

/ (ˈmɪnətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

threatening or menacing
Derived Formsminatorily or minatorially, adverb

Word Origin for minatory

C16: from Late Latin minātōrius, from Latin minārī to threaten

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Word Origin and History for minatory

minatory

adj.

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

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