minacious

[ mi-ney-shuhs ]

Usage Over Time

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

menacing; threatening

Origin + Etymology

from Latin minax, minac- ‘threatening’ (from minari ‘threaten’) + -ous

Synonyms

  • alarming
  • dangerous
  • frightening
  • threatening

Antonyms

  • aiding
  • assisting
  • helping
  • unthreatening
  • harmless

Example

The dog was minacious, always snarling at anyone who came to the door.

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