[ min-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
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  1. menacing; threatening.

Origin of minatory

First recorded in 1525–35; from Late Latin minātōrius “threatening,” from mināt(us), past participle of minārī “to threaten” (see menace) + -ōrius -ory1
  • Also min·a·to·ri·al .

Other words from minatory

  • min·a·to·ri·ly, adverb

Words Nearby minatory

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How to use minatory in a sentence

  • But was it in virtue of his seeing armed Phantasms of St. Edmund 'on the rim of the horizon,' looking minatory on him?

    Past and Present | Thomas Carlyle
  • His features had lost their delicately benevolent aspect; his words were minatory.

    The Vanished Messenger | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Yet'—and he made his voice minatory—'in these evil and tickle times well it might have been that that letter held delicate news.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned | Ford Madox Ford
  • But their protests became more urgent as we went on, their tone less minatory.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa | Edmund Candler
  • She had requested the Pope to issue a minatory brief forbidding Parliament to meddle with her.

British Dictionary definitions for minatory



/ (ˈmɪnətərɪ, -trɪ) /

  1. threatening or menacing

Origin of minatory

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

Derived forms of minatory

  • minatorily or minatorially, adverb

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