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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 28th January 2022
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minatory (adjective) MIN-na-tur-ee OR MIN-na-TOR-ee

Menacing, threatening.

On the roof beam, stretching above him across the whole width of the room, was carved and gilded the minatory text, 'God's eye seeth all'.

D.M. Greenwood, Unholy Ghosts. Amazon

Taibo comes up with surreal conceits including the idea that the Osama bin Laden familiar to us from his minatory videos is really a Mexican who is moonlighting from the set of porn flicks in Burbank.

Stephen Smith, The Observer, 29 April 2007, The Observer
reviewing Subcomandante Marcos and Paco Ignatio Taibo II's The Uncomfortable Dead. Amazon

What makes his novel exhilarating instead of depressing is the conviction and control he brings to his material -- which, as the last few pages make clear, is intended as cautionary rather than minatory.

Gerald Jonas, The New York Times, 13 January 2002, New York Times
reviewing Peter Watts' Maelstrom. Amazon

There is a minatory sentence toward the end of the book that may be read with profit by NATO military men:
''For an example to follow in a future European battle, it will be necessary to look to the German Army; and to the extraordinary defense that its men conducted in Europe in the face of all the odds against them and in spite of their own demented Führer.''

Drew Middleton, The New York Times, 18 May 1984, New York Times
reviewing Max Hastings' Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy. Amazon

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