menticide (MEN-tuh-syd) noun: The systematic undermining of a person’s beliefs, attitudes, and values. [From Latin ment- (mind) + -cide (killing).]
Or at least companies I could describe as engaging in this practice. Where was this word to asophistication to my whinging when I needed it?
Now etymologically the implication is otherwise, but I wonder how much archeology would give lie to that (just hold on for the ride I think you’ll like it…)
Minotaur (MIN-uh-tawr) noun - Someone or something monstrous, especially one that devours. [From Latin Minotaurus, from Greek Minotauros, from Minos (a king of Crete) + tauros (bull).]
Minatory (MIN-uh-tor-ee, MYN-) adjective: Threatening or menacing. [From Latin minari (to threaten), from minae (threats). Ultimately from the Indo-European root men- (project).]
I do not know the archeaology surrounding the names of kings of Crete, but mythically the Mycenean Greeks telling a story about reviled Kings of old enemies might imply characteristics by name choice. Minos when viewed as potentially derived from minari does make his myth seem scarrier, by contextual clue and pun-like implication.
I wonder if there is a word, to describe words that imply one meaning yet seem to be toponyms, eponyms, or other -nyms of similar ilk…