adjective Etymology: Late Latin minatorius, from Latin minari to threaten — more at mount Date: 1532 having a menacing quality ; threatening

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  • Minatory — Min a*to*ry, a. [L. minatorius, fr. minari to threaten. See {Menace}.] Threatening; menacing. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • minatory — index aleatory (perilous), dangerous, imminent, ominous, portentous (ominous), prophetic, sinister …   Law dictionary

  • minatory — (adj.) expressing a threat, 1530s, from M.Fr. minatoire, from L.L. minatorius, from minat , stem of minari to threaten (see MENACE (Cf. menace) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • minatory — ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ threatening. ORIGIN from Latin minari threaten …   English terms dictionary

  • minatory — [min′ə tôr΄ē] adj. [OFr minatoire < LL minatorius < pp. of L minari, to threaten: see MENACE] menacing; threatening …   English World dictionary

  • minatory — /ˈmɪnətəri/ (say minuhtuhree), / tri/ (say tree) adjective menacing; threatening; admonishing: *at the back of the Australian mind, there sits a minatory Englishman. –a.a. phillips, 1966. Also, minatorial /mɪnəˈtɔriəl/ (say minuh tawreeuhl).… …   Australian English dictionary

  • minatory — minatorily, adv. /min euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. menacing; threatening. Also, minatorial. [1525 35; < LL minatorius, equiv. to L mina(ri) to MENACE + torious TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • minatory — adjective Threatening, menacing. Syn: minacious, ominous, sinister …   Wiktionary

  • minatory — Synonyms and related words: abusive, bludgeoning, blustering, browbeating, bulldozing, bullying, comminatory, denunciatory, fear inspiring, foreboding, hectoring, imminent, intimidating, lowering, menacing, minacious, ominous, terroristic,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • minatory — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Expressing, indicating, or warning of an impending danger or misfortune: minacious, threatening. See FORESIGHT, NEAR …   English dictionary for students

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