One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘The multi-directional informational flow helps to make the internet a distinctive surveillant assemblage (Haggerty and Ericson, 2000: 605) with an idolatrous dream of omniperception and a minacious twinkle in the electronic eye.’
- ‘D' Annunzio's in Rome, boisterous, warmongering, minacious, getting everyone riled up like a squawking parrot on a pirate's shoulder - remember Capitoline Hill?’
- ‘The shuttle traders asked the government to legalize and regulate their vanishing trade and thus to save them from avaricious and minacious customs officials.’
- ‘Besides, Uncle Sam is somewhat of a minacious guardian of the mail's purity.’
- ‘There can be no doubt that a rational jury could find that some or all of the minacious communications charged in the superseding indictment against Baker constituted threats by the defendant to harm a female human being.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin minax, minac- ‘threatening’ (from minari ‘threaten’) + -ous.
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