Definition of minatory in English:



  • Expressing or conveying a threat.

    ‘he is unlikely to be deterred by minatory finger-wagging’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Exploitations of various kinds, in several directions, are recounted in a tone both minatory and droll.’
    • ‘The Soviet Union undermined its own objectives by minatory behavior that produced a palpable sense of threat in the Japanese public.’
    • ‘Michael Stuhlbarg is a suitably chastened Xerxes, and Len Cariou is properly ghostly as Darius's minatory ghost.’
    • ‘The leaders of the fuel protest in 2000 have been making minatory noises.’
    • ‘In the first movement, the Lambeg drums are male, minatory, and hostile, in conflict with the main orchestra.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We got Bianca Jagger, sandwiched between Harold Pinter at his most minatory - ‘American barbarism will destroy the world!’’
    • ‘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 meanness surfaces as he becomes more successful - his moustache, initially the affectation of a hick, becomes minatory, even forbidding.’
    • ‘It can be reconciled with everything in Scripture, at least if the statements of Jesus on hell are taken as minatory rather than predictive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lin was soon to make statements crude in content and minatory in tone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But their role in the new order was necessarily prophetic and minatory.’
    • ‘His depiction of a minatory US foreign policy and its sinister motives is grossly unfair.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    menacing, intimidating, bullying, frightening, terrifying, scary, fearsome, mean-looking, alarming, forbidding, baleful
    menacing, threatening, baleful, intimidating, ominous, admonitory, warning, cautionary
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Mid 16th century: from late Latin minatorius, from minat- ‘threatened’, from the verb minari.