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Of a menacing or threatening nature; minatory.

[Latin mināx, mināc- (from minārī, to threaten, from minae, threats; see men- in Indo-European roots) + -ious.]

mi·na′cious·ly adv.
mi·na′cious·ness, mi·nac′i·ty (mĭ-năs′ĭ-tē) n.


[C17: from Latin minax, from minārī to threaten]
miˈnaciously adv
minacity n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.minacious - threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developmentsminacious - 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:
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