It was then that she saw, pinned up over the washstand, a sheet of paper on which was scrawled an enormous note of interrogation. Nothing more.
1. interrogation mark (n.) a question mark
Meaningless at first, it gradually became menacing, obnoxious, portentous with evil.
2. menacing [ˋmenəsiŋ] (adj.) intended to seriously threaten or frighten someone
Example: a menacing look/ tone
menace (v.) to threaten someone or something
Example: farmland menaced by frequent floods
(n.) someone or something that is dangerous and likely to cause harm
Example: the growing menace of global pollution
Example: The escaped prisoners are considered a menace to society.
(n.) someone or something that annoys or threatens you
Example: The traffic manace grew, and the town began to suffer.
(n.) a threatening quality or feeling
Example: an air of menace in his voice
with menaces [ legal ] if someone tries to get money with manaces, they threaten to harm someone unless they get the money they want
3. obnoxious [əbˋnɑkʃəs] (adj.) very rude, offensive, or unpleasant
Example: an obnoxious child/ habbit
abnoxiously (adv.), abnoxiousness (n.)
4. portentous [porˋtɛntəs] (adj.) [ formal ] giving a warning about the future
(adj.) trying to seem very serious and important in order to impress people
portentously (adv.), portentousness (n.)
portent (n.) [ literary ] a warning or warnings about the future
The ladies voices grew animated, and ─if the sad truth be owned─ a little peevish.
5. peevish [ˋpivɪʃ] (adj.) easily annoyed, especially by things that are not important
peevishly (adv.), peevishness (n.)