A word I was not familiar with, before today
adjective: Threatening or menacing.
From Latin minari (to threaten), from minae (threats). Ultimately from the Indo-European root men- (project) that is also the source of menace, mountain, eminent, promenade, demean, amenable, and mouth.
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One could say the Cambridge police officer involved in the Professor Gates false arrest incident claimed that Gates was acting in a minatory fashion towards the officer, even though facts later proved the officer’s description as erroneous and laughably misleading.