Definition of minatory in English:


Syllabification: min·a·to·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈminəˌtôrē, ˈmī-


  • Expressing or conveying a threat: he is unlikely to be deterred by minatory finger-wagging
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    • The Soviet Union undermined its own objectives by minatory behavior that produced a palpable sense of threat in the Japanese public.
    • Its story, about a boy and a minatory dog, is anecdotally slight, but the way in which the camera observes and negotiates the labyrinthine alleyways of central Tehran is visually telling.
    • We got Bianca Jagger, sandwiched between Harold Pinter at his most minatory - ‘American barbarism will destroy the world!’


mid 16th century: from late Latin minatorius, from minat- 'threatened', from the verb minari.

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