Definition of minatory in English:

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minatory

Pronunciation: /ˈminəˌtôrē/
/ˈmīnəˌtôrē/

adjective

formal
Expressing or conveying a threat: he is unlikely to be deterred by minatory finger-wagging
More example sentences
  • 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!’

Origin

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

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