Definition of minatory in English:


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  • Expressing or conveying a threat.

    ‘he is unlikely to be deterred by minatory finger-wagging’
    • ‘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!’’
    • ‘His depiction of a minatory US foreign policy and its sinister motives is grossly unfair.’
    • ‘One of the last bestselling American diet books to adopt a minatory tone towards self-control was Dr Irwin Stillman's 1967 Quick Weight Loss Diet.’
    • ‘But their role in the new order was necessarily prophetic and minatory.’
    • ‘The leaders of the fuel protest in 2000 have been making minatory noises.’
    • ‘Exploitations of various kinds, in several directions, are recounted in a tone both minatory and droll.’
    • ‘Now that he is sending minatory letters to blameless booksellers, this verdict may have to be reviewed.’
    • ‘Behind both these minatory visions stands a bloodthirsty Father, damning and punishing.’
    • ‘The minatory cloud of forced negotiation with local authorities over even trivial building changes is an excellent way to get Northwestern to think a second time about ‘voluntary’ capitulation to taxation.’
    • ‘It can be reconciled with everything in Scripture, at least if the statements of Jesus on hell are taken as minatory rather than predictive.’
    • ‘The meanness surfaces as he becomes more successful - his moustache, initially the affectation of a hick, becomes minatory, even forbidding.’
    • ‘These frontier wilderlands are the retreat of a nostalgic whimsy, and the drawing rooms of the nascent American metropolis are now invested with a minatory playfulness.’
    • ‘The page might need to be consulted soon, before Microsoft lawyers track down the page author and get around to drafting minatory letters to have it shut down.’
    • ‘Michael Stuhlbarg is a suitably chastened Xerxes, and Len Cariou is properly ghostly as Darius's minatory ghost.’
    • ‘In the first movement, the Lambeg drums are male, minatory, and hostile, in conflict with the main orchestra.’
    • ‘All of these punishments were performed in the presence of the offenders' military unit and were seen simply in terms of minatory retribution and deterrence.’
    • ‘He could be both hortatory and minatory in his public utterances and yet retreat to a small, still voice in the solitude of his study.’
    • ‘Lin was soon to make statements crude in content and minatory in tone.’
    menacing, intimidating, bullying, frightening, terrifying, scary, fearsome, mean-looking, alarming, forbidding, baleful
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/ˈminəˌtôrē/ /ˈmɪnəˌtɔri/


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