Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermudaonion’s Weblog. Kathy says: “Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.”
My word for the week is minatory. This is from General Winston’s Daughter by Sharon Shinn:
That did make him smile, though it made Lady Selkirk frown, misliking Averie’s tone again. “Well, General, if you’re sure,” she said in minatory accents.
Minatory according to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (1979) means “having a menacing quality” and is a synonym for threatening.
Minatory sounds like just the right word to describe the actions of overly formal, disapproving people. It reminds me of the word bluenose that I posted about in the March 2 Wondrous Words Wednesday post. A typical bluenose wagged a minatory finger at early filmmakers.