Origin of minatoryOld French minatoire ; from Late Latin minatorius ; from past participle of Classical Latin minari, to threaten: see menace
Of a menacing or threatening nature; minacious.
Origin of minatoryFrench minatoire, from Late Latin minātōrius, from Latin minātus, past participle of minārī, to threaten; see minacious.
(comparative more minatory, superlative most minatory)
- Threatening, menacing.
- 1887: Number 3, Lauriston Gardens wore an ill-omened and minatory look. — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
- 1997: In the cottage next to the post office Alma Crumble broke her wrist stirring batter, at which the Bug declared in a minatory tone that 'That was enough of that.' — Edward Gorey, The Haunted Tea-Cosy
- 1995: She shook hands firmly with Adam Dalgleish and gave him a minatory glance as if welcoming a new patient from whom she expected trouble — P.D. James, The Black Tower