Definition of


  1. (adj, all) threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
    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

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Origin of the word Minatory

  1. 1530s, from O.Fr. minatoire, from L.L. minatorius, from minari "to threaten" (see menace). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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