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 (mĭn′ə-tôr′ē) also min·a·to·ri·al (mĭn′ə-tôr′ē-əl)
Of a menacing or threatening nature; minacious.

[French minatoire, from Late Latin minātōrius, from Latin minātus, past participle of minārī, to threaten; see minacious.]

min′a·to′ri·ly adv.


(ˈmɪnətərɪ; -trɪ) or


threatening or menacing
[C16: from Late Latin minātōrius, from Latin minārī to threaten]
ˈminatorily, ˌminaˈtorially adv


(ˈmɪn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

menacing; threatening.
[1525–35; < Late Latin minātōrius= Latin minā(rī) to threaten + -tōrius -tory1]
min`a•to′ri•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.minatory - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developmentsminatory - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger


Expressing, indicating, or warning of an impending danger or misfortune:


[ˈmɪnətərɪ] ADJ (liter) → amenazador
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